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Athens: A History, from Ancient Ideal to Modern City

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A sweeping history of the city that invented democracy and still resonates as a beacon of civilization, from the golden age of Pericles to the present day In this engaging and readable narrative, noted classicist and author Robin Waterfield traces the life and history of the Greek capital, with an emphasis on the classical period when, in the space of a century, Athens reached the pinnacle of power and then fell due to arrogance and shortsighted self-interest. Focusing on the social and cultural history, as well as on the powerful and fascinating individuals who left their mark on the city, Waterfield explains Athens' rise and fall, and shows us how - through centuries of war, occupation and destruction - she emerged as a burgeoning, modern European city. For more than two millennia the memory of the glorious past has ensured that Athens remains synonymous with democracy, civilization and culture.

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Author Robin Waterfield
Binding Paperback
Condition New
Pages 400
ISBN-13 9780465090648
Publisher Basic Books


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