The Rise of Athens, : The Story of the World’s Greatest Civilisation
Anthony Everitt

The Rise of Athens, : The Story of the World’s Greatest Civilisation

The Athenians invented democracy (but for men only) and laid the foundations of western philosophy, the arts of tragedy and comedy and the study of history. They developed architecture and sculpture. How did a tiny community of some 200,000 souls give birth to towering geniuses in these fields of human endeavour, that are still relevant today?

            With Athens itself as his protagonist, Everitt seeks to answer this question. Filled with tales of adventure and astounding reversals of fortune, The Rise of Athens celebrates the city-state that transformed the world – from the democratic revolution of its outset through the political and cultural triumphs of its heyday to its decline into the ancient equivalent of a modern university town.

            Everitt peoples his history with unforgettable portraits of the talented, tricky, ambitious and unscrupulous Athenians who fuelled their city’s rise: among them,  Themistocles who won the sea victory at Salamis over the Persian invader; Pericles who presided over the city’s zenith and Alcibiades the nearly-great man who betrayed Athens.

            A story-teller par excellence, Everitt combines erudite historical analysis with stirring narrative set-pieces that capture the colourful and exciting world of ancient Greece.

Book Details:

  • Author: Anthony Everitt
  • Published Year: 2016
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    • US: Random House
Anthony Everitt

Anthony Everitt

Anthony Everitt was Deputy Secretary-General of the Arts Council of Great Britain from 1985 to 1990 and Secretary-General from 1990 to 1994. Formerly he was Visiting professor of the Visual and Performing Arts at Nottingham Trent University. His fascination with ancient Rome began when he studied classics at school. He is the author of Cicero, a Turbulent Life; Augustus, The Life of Rome’s First Emperor; Hadrian and the Triumph of Rome; The Rise of Rome; The Rise of Athens; Alexander the Great and, with his co-author Roddy Ashworth, SPQR, A Roman Miscellany and Nero, Matricide, Music ...
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Book Reviews

  • "[An] engaging, readable and informative narrative bout classical antiquity … highly recommended."
    Library Journal
  • "[An] invaluable history of a foundational civilisation … combining impressive scholarship with involving narrative."
  • "A thick, lively popular history that tells a complex story without dumbing it down ... Highly readable … Everitt keeps the action moving."
    Kirkus Reviews
  • "Compelling … a comprehensive and entertaining account of one of the most transformative societies in Western history. The Rise of Athens moves with ease between the large-scale, epic historical narrative and the more intimate, personal details of Athenian daily life."
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