- ISBN 9780375726811 / 0375726810
- Title The Last of the Wine
- Author Mary Renault
- Category Modern & Contemporary Fiction (post C 1945)
- Format Paperback
- Year 2001
- Pages 400
- Publisher Vintage Books
- Imprint Vintage Books
- Edition 2nd
- Language English
- Dimensions 134mm x 22mm x 203mm
In The Last of the Wine, two young Athenians, Alexias and Lysis, compete in the palaestra, journey to the Olympic games, fight in the wars against Sparta, and study under Socrates. As their relationship develops, Renault expertly conveys Greek culture, showing the impact of this supreme philosopher whose influence spans epochs.
Renault was born in London, she attended Oxford, then trained for a nurse. After the war she settled in South Africa.