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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 that marked its beginning through the city's 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 city's rise. 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-state's allure would inspire Alexander the Great, the Romans, and even America's own founding fathers. It's 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.

©2016 Anthony Everitt (P)2016 HighBridge, a division of Recorded Books

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Every new is old again

Hearing these musings while walking Hermes, my boxer, cleaning the dishes or trying to complete a chapter lying in bed listening and fighting to stay awake I loved, learned and reinforced by belief that I know nothing and the only form of meaning is beauty.
So much to discover so little time. ❤️❤️❤️❤️

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Incisive Synopsis of the Ascendancy of Ancient Gre

Excellent, thorough and cohesive modern synopsis that filled in many gaps for this passionate student of ancient Greece. Narration was impeccable.

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Well done! read before my Athens travel

I read this before trip to Athens, Greece. I learned much more about who had major and minor parts in the rise and fall of a Athens.

Persians, Spartans, Alexander the Great.

However I never thought I would know so much about the naked dancing boys Festival. Yes, that was a thing at one time.

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Best book I’ve heard so far

Going to relisten right after I finish, beautiful story and perfectly told.

Beats most fiction I’ve read, with Victor Hugo like characters.

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Overwhelmed by the details

I have discovered that I love Everitt’s books when they are focused on one individual rather than an empire. This books was so comprehensive it made my head spin. I had a hard time tracking it all but that it by no means the author’s fault - it was my inability to keep track of all the names that I am not familiar with.

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Athen's and all it's players come to life!

I love Michael Page as a narrator. The pronunciation of Greek names and places is awesome.

The content of this book is great. I think what makes a book like this great is the fact that it drive me to read more dig more into the history. I feel like I need to pick up Xenophon works and reread the Odessey, and it will all come to life more thanks to the context and world this work provides!