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The Rise of Athens

The Story of the World's Greatest Civilization
Narrated by: Michael Page
Length: 16 hrs and 25 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (305 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

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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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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Essential Listening For History Buffs

I loved this book. I learned so much. So many things I had no idea about laid out in a compelling and propulsive manner. The narration is precise and congenial, like the best professor you ever had. If you are at all interested in ancient history, this book is a must.

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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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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!

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Well told and comprehensive history

Well told story reflecting an incredible range and depth of research spanning the entire history of ancient Greece. Felt like I was there!

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awesome review of Athens..

great overall of the height of Athens, I enjoyed it throughly, I highly recommend it.

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very broad - more a war history book

Knowing little about ancient Greek history I thought this book would be a good start (especially given the high ratings). However, this book is so broad and, in my opinion, is more on the rise and fall of ancient Greece that it doesn't really get into much detail on any one topic about Athens. If you like war history though, you may enjoy this as the title should be "The History of Greece at War" as there seems to be an abundance of information on the Greek battles.

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difficult read

very hard to finish read like a text book. good school text read. hard to follow.

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Worthwhile overview of ancient Athens...

Everitt covered a lot in a relatively short time, but there was solid detail when appropriate. You can find other books that do deeper dives into specific topics, but this is a great overview.

It started slow for me, but business picked up after the first few chapters. The book did very well with the stated goal of telling the story generally devoid of spoilers, so it's enjoyable whether you already know what's coming next or not.