Owls to Athens

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Owls to Athens
Author H. N. Turteltaub
Country United States
Language English
Series Hellenic Traders
Genre Historical novel
Publisher Forge Books (Tor)
Publication date
Media type Print
Pages 382
ISBN 0-7653-0038-9
OCLC 55625156
813/.54 22
LC Class PS3570.U758 O95 2004
Preceded by The Sacred Land

Owls to Athens is the fourth book in the Hellenic Traders series by H N Turteltaub. Like the others in the series it is a work of historical fiction concerning the adventures of a pair of Greek traders from Rhodes. "Taking owls to Athens" was a contemporary Greek saying, roughly the equivalent of the modern "selling snow to eskimos" or "carrying coals to Newcastle".


Sostratos and Menedemos arrive in Athens in time for the Dionysia. Sostratos spends much of his time visiting with his old teachers. His cousin, Menedemos finds himself having a sexual encounter with an important Athenian woman.


The setting is Athens in the period of time about thirty years after the death of Alexander the Great. As in the other books in the series, persons and places are frequently given their Greek names rather than the English ones (Sokrates, Platon, etc.).