The Rise of Athens: The Story of the World's Greatest Civilization [Paperback]

Anthony Everitt (Author)

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ISBN: 9780812984989 | Published by: Random House | Year of Publication: 2017 | Language: English 576p,




The Rise of Athens

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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 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 human 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 flowering of its intellectual and artistic achievements - and explores its eventual decline into a conquered and pleasant 'university town'. In his deft and fluid style, Everitt shows how our culture has been profoundly impacted by the Athenians: establishing the concepts and language of western philosophy, and raising political issues that still vex thinkers to this day. Leaving behind them the arts of tragedy and comedy, architecture and sculpture, the looming influence of Athens' history cannot be overstated.

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