The Rise Of Athens: The Story Of The World'S Greatest Civilization

  • Publish Date: 2016-12-06
  • Binding: Hardcover
  • Author: Anthony Everitt
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A magisterial account of how a tiny city-state in ancient Greece became historys most influential civilization, from the bestselling author of acclaimed biographies of Cicero, Augustus, and Hadrian

Filled with tales of adventure and astounding reversals of fortune, The Rise of Athens celebrates the city-state that transformed the worldfrom the democratic revolution that marked its beginning, through the citys political and cultural golden age, to its decline into the ancient equivalent of a modern-day university town.

Anthony Everitt constructs his history with unforgettable portraits of the talented, tricky, ambitious, and unscrupulous Athenians who fueled the citys rise: Themistocles, the brilliant naval strategist who led the Greeks to a decisive victory over their Persian enemies; Pericles, arguably the greatest Athenian statesman of them all; and the wily Alcibiades, who changed his political allegiance several times during the course of the Peloponnesian Warand died in a hail of assassins arrows. Here also are riveting you-are-there accounts of the milestone battles that defined the Hellenic world: Thermopylae, Marathon, and Salamis among them. An unparalleled storyteller, Everitt combines erudite, thoughtful historical analysis with stirring narrative set pieces that capture the colorful, dramatic, and exciting world of ancient Greece.

Although the history of Athens is less well known than that of other world empires, the city-states allure would inspire Alexander the Great, the Romans, and even Americas own Founding Fathers. Its fair to say that the Athenians made possible the world in which we live today. In this peerless new work, Anthony Everitt breathes vivid life into this most ancient story.

Praise for The Rise of Athens

[An] invaluable history of a foundational civilization . . . combining impressive scholarship with involving narration.Booklist

Compelling . . . a comprehensive and entertaining account of one of the most transformative societies in Western history . . . Everitt recounts the high points of Greek history with flair and aplomb.Shelf Awareness

Highly readable . . . Everitt keeps the action moving.Kirkus Reviews

Praise for Anthony Everitts The Rise of Rome

Romes history abounds with remarkable figures. . . . Everitt writes for the informed and the uninformed general reader alike, in a brisk, conversational style, with a modern attitude of skepticism and realism.The Dallas Morning News

[A] lively and readable account . . . Roman history has an uncanny ability to resonate with contemporary events.Macleans

Elegant, swift and faultless as an introduction to his subject.The Spectator

An engrossing history of a relentlessly pugnacious citys 500-year rise to empire.Kirkus Reviews

Fascinating history and a great read.Chicago Sun-Times

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