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Athens : a history : from ancient ideal to modern city

Author: Robin Waterfield
Publisher: New York : Basic Books, ©2004.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Beginning with the classical period, when it reached its pinnacle of power and cultural genius, Athens: A History is peopled with fascinating individuals. Athens' remarkable ascent had been inspired by the ideals embodied in the ancient Olympic games, but the city deliberately turned its back on those ideals, in Athens' stunning rise and rapid fall lies a timeless tragedy of excessive pride brought low. Contrasting  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Robin Waterfield
ISBN: 046509063X 9780465090631 0333989910 9780333989913
OCLC Number: 53926886
Description: xxi, 362 pages, [16] pages of plates : illustrations, maps ; 25 cm
Contents: The festival at ancient Olympia --
Nineteenth-century Athens and the 1896 Olympics --
Athens in prehistory --
Archaic Athens --
Solon: poet and statesman --
The Peisistratid renaissance and the Athenian revolution --
The Persian wars --
Cold war, empire, and democracy --
Periklean Athens --
Religion --
Drama --
Education: the Sophists and Sokrates --
Indoor life: sex, symposia, and sandals. Work, money, and taxes --
The agora, women, and slaves --
Open warfare --
The Arkhidamian War --
The tipping of the scales --
Defeat and civil war --
Athens in the fourth century --
Hellenistic Athens --
The coming of the Romans --
Athens under Byzantion --
Athens under the Franks --
Ottoman Athens and Elgin's marbles --
Byron and the War of Independence --
The 2004 Olympics --
Envoi.
Responsibility: Robin Waterfield.
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In this engaging narrative, noted classicist Waterfield traces the life and history of Athens, a city whose idealized past continues to inspire the present.  Read more...

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