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The Rise of Athens

The Story of the World’s Greatest Civilisation

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Author: Anthony Everitt

The story of Athens is truly intriguing: how did a tiny community of 200,000 citizens manage to give birth to towering geniuses across the range of human endeavour, create one of the greatest civilizations in history, and lay the foundations of our own political and intellectual heritage?

Taking the city itself as his central subject, Anthony Everitt relates the story of this early metropolis, taking in the strengths, flaws and unique brilliance of this ambitious experiment in civilization. Filled with adventure and astounding reversals of fortune, The Rise of Athens celebrates the city-state that cradled the world's first democracy – from its revolutionary beginnings through to the flowering of its intellectual and artistic achievements – and explores its eventual decline into a lesser city under outside rule. In his deft and fluid style, Everitt shows how our culture has been profoundly influenced by the Athenians: inventing the arts of tragedy and comedy, architecture and sculpture, establishing the concepts and language of western philosophy, and raising political issues that still vex thinkers to this day.

Book ISBN 9781445664767

Book Format Paperback

pages 584 pages

Publication Date 15 Feb 2017

Height 234

Width 156

Illustrations 40

Regular Price: £20.00

Special Price: £15.00

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