The Rise of Athens: The Story of the Worlds Greatest Civilisation Anthony Everitt

ISBN: 9781445664767

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584 pages


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The Rise of Athens: The Story of the Worlds Greatest Civilisation  by  Anthony Everitt

The Rise of Athens: The Story of the Worlds Greatest Civilisation by Anthony Everitt
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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... MoreThe 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 worlds 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.



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