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Thanks to Netgalley for this ARCThis is probably one of the most readable accounts of the Athens that I ve ever read punctuated with a little bit of the things we all know like how the Iliad informs their lives the huge importance of Sparta and of course some of the interesting accounts of our favorite Know Nothing SocratesEven though I have a huge soft spot in my heart for philosophy in eneral and loved the brief accounts in here make no mistake This book is all about the big players of the political history first and foremost Wars are an obvious part of it as is the evolution or even the spontaneous rise of democracy out of almost nothing but it s the characters of history that makes this book stand outIt s definitely ood enough for a newbie fan of Grecian history
it s enough for everyone else tooMy only complaint may be a personal one Perhaps we didn t really need the fall of Ilium in as much detail Yes it s a cultural thing but a uicker overview at the beginning before diving head first into the ood stuff might have been even betterSame thing oes for all the extras of Socrates and that s even though I love reading about him Honestly I d have been perfectly content on hearing about love reading about him Honestly I d have been perfectly content on hearing about the others that made up the rise of the penultimate Greek City State We love to focus on the iconic people I know I know but he was never a real mover or shaker in the political scene just in the evolution of thought and philosophyBut I did et a real kick out of all the Satires though They The Mount Shasta Mission gave me a much better story and a rounded feel of the life All in all I m perfectly happy with this history It lets me dive in with areat overview and a telling of a pretty epic and perilous story from the first beginnings the realization that they were a power against Xerxes all the way through Alexander Fun stuff This was a faboulas book on the rise and fall of the Greek empire It was very detailed and the author made you feel as if you were actually there with the AthiniansI am especially interested in this topic because I am to visit Sicily and the Greek Isles this autumnEnjoy and Be Blessed History of the world s first democracy Athens I enjoyed this book It is written in a old school historical narrative that harkens back to 19th century classism It covers the history the way someone circa 1925 might have read about the Greeks Obviously it is a current work and doesn t suffer from the particular failings of history from that era It does have some of its virtues of telling a Little Darlings good story andiving a straight digestible narrative Sometimes people want to read a popular history that isn t so bound up in present concerns Escapism sure but someone reading about the ancient Greeks might not be particularly interested in tying it into the latest news reports I enjoyed it An excellent introduction to the rise and fall of a Greenwich great city that played such an important role in Western civilization Anthony Everitt s book is well written provides helpful maps alossary time line and an index and communicates effectively to the eneral reader The book was helpful to read as I worked on my final draft of a novel set in Ancient Athens It was both informative and interesting and I liked the way Everitt chose to organize his material as the story of a city and its peop. A magisterial account of how a tiny city state in ancient Greece became history's most influential civilization from the bestselling author Of Acclaimed Biographies Of acclaimed biographies of Augustus and HadrianFilled 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 olden age to its decline into the ancient euivalent of a modern day university townAnthony Everitt constructs his history with unforgettable portraits of the talented tricky ambitious and unscrupulous Athenians who fueled the city's rise Themistocles the brilliant naval strategist who led the Greeks to a decisive victory over their Persian enemies; Pericles arguably the reatest Athenian statesman of them all; and the wily Alcibiades who changed his political allegiance.and it s
Anthony Everitt ☆ 5 charactersS led A reat book providing a history of Athens as a free polis from its mythical inception to its assimilation into the Hellenic Macedonian empire The author Anthony Everitt a very prolific popular historian sets out to re introduce Athens to an audience with little appreciation for the city state s role in history and western thought he doesn t disappoint The book covers two broad topics the history of Athens as a democracy in a complicated world and the continual refinement of Athens democratic structure I have been enerally remiss in my knowledge of Ancient Greece and its influence on our methods
of politics This book went a long ways towards correcting that iving mepolitics This book went a long ways towards correcting that iving me much better insight into both the long history of Athens and the working of its state Of course the major events and characters are well covered Marathon Pericles Socrates Alcibiades etc But Everitt also introduces the many other important people and EVENTS WHO ARE NOT AS FAMOUS BUT JUST AS who are not as famous but just as The role that Athens bete noires Sparta and Persia play in continually influencing the democracy to better itself is well documented throughout The cultural and social side of Athens is not forgotten with plenty of well placed asides to explain various aspects of life in the ancient world I especially liked how Everitt keeps the story oing to the very end vice trailing off the post Peloponnesian War narrative in a single chapter as I ve experienced before Rather than ending with rule of oligarchs and thus disproving the viability of democracy Everitt shows that Athenian democracy survived and was present up to and through the Macedonian and Roman conuests albeit with a lesser sphere of influence I also appreciated the analysis Everitt provides as he tells the tale drawing the decisions made by the Athenian assembly into the larger picture of the socio politico situation across the Ancient World Much than a retelling of the Persian War stories an explainer of Thucydides histories or the narrative of early Macedonian conuests this is a history which ties all these together through the actions of famous and not so famous Athenians Highly recommended for those wanting to better their understanding of Athens and the framework of her political system I received this book as a Goodreads Giveaway This book works as a highlight of the major Characters And Events In and events in ancient Greek world revolving around the city of Athens and the author provides context to the development of Athens through insights into its major competitors Sparta and the Persian Empire Although the structured focus on these three regions is beneficial for the reader there is less depth on the city of Athens itself and its connections to the Mediterranean world On a minor aside the author s brief observation of related Jewish topics was a bit shaky Everitt states that the book of Isaiah bestows upon the Persian King Cyrus the honorific title of Messiah Perhaps messiah but not Messiah The difference matters in Jewish culture and history Everitt also refers to the Hebrew God as Jehovah a bit old fashioned rather than Yahweh Perhaps I am being petty or perhaps we can be thankful that the author did not write a book on the rise of the ancient Hebrews Either way this was a fairly straightforward read and worth the time. Ship with involving narration BooklistCompelling 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 ReviewsPraise for Anthony Everitt's The Rise of RomeRome's history abounds with remarkable figures Everitt writes for the informed and the uninformed A Fairly Honourable Defeat general reader alike in a brisk conversational style with a modern attitude of skepticism and realism The Dallas Morning NewsA lively and readable account Roman history has an uncanny ability to resonate with contemporary events Maclean'sElegant swift and faultless as an introduction to his subject The Spectator An engrossing history of a relentlessly pugnacious city's 500 year rise to empire Kirkus Reviews Fascinating history and areat read Chicago Sun Tim. ,
Le which appealed to the A lively introductory narrative history Not especially critical of sources The Rise of Athens is a very accessible account of the formation of the Athenian democracy in Ancient Greece and Fucking Trans Women givesreat context to its rise versus that of its main foils Sparta and Persia There s a wealth of facts and i A "fine narrative history of ancient Greece focused on Athens in its rise to eminence and then briefly on its " narrative history of ancient Greece focused on Athens in its rise to eminence and then briefly on its The emphasis is strongly on political history power struggles among Athenians and those between Athens and other city states and foreign powers but Everitt includes plenty of social history and amusing anecdotes and keeps the story Moving Along In A Lively along in a lively of way He brings in tales from myths and contemporary dramas and particularly when telling of Athens s early days he relates stories which he admits are likely apocryphal with cheerful relish I listened to this as an audiobook read by Michael Page and enjoyed it The Rise of Athens the story of the world s Slavery Reborn greatest civilization by Anthony Everitt Random House 2016 Ordinary subtitular hyperbole aside this is a fascinating book The writing is so clear and accessible that one doubts the author is than a popularizer Except that he knows Greek and Latin most of the translations collouial and fluent scattered throughout are his own and all the scholarship and archeology The fact that always surprises me is that the true peak of Athenian culture when the city was at its political and military zenith and simultaneously home to Sophocles Aeschylus Aristophanes Socrates Plato Pericles Alcibiades Herodotus Xenophon Thucydides and so forth lasted little than 100 years They were all of nearly the sameeneration They knew one another They fought in the battles AND they invented theater and created some of humanity s You Can Make Anything Sad greatest works of art Everitt starts in prehistoric times traces the origins of the Greeks including the invasion of Dorians and Ionians He describes how the democracy was actually invented and he says it was deliberately invented In 503 502 Cleisthenes a member of the aristocratic Alcmaeonid famiily had won power but needed some way to keep it This was after the lawgiver Solon had created the laws whichoverned the city Cleisthenes needed the support of the poor and dispossessed to defeat Isagoras and the Spartans who had occupied the Acropolis He created what became the Athenian constitution Democratia stems from demos people and kratia power Democracy means people power The Greeks Everitt makes clear were uarrelsome rude aggressive Life Leverage grudge bearing very fractious people It is amazing that the Athenians accepted Cleisthenes rules And just because they were a democracy does not mean that they were wise just or peace loving Beyond all the factionalism and resentments which constantly roiled city life they also liked being the most powerful people in all of Greece and maintained a very aggressive imperial policy until they lost so many men and so much treasure that they were just exhausted and ultimately the Spartans could walk in Everitt follows three mainroups the Spartans ascetic austere materially poor but highly trained and disciplined the best soldiers in the land The Athenians active boastful clever ambitious the leading maritime power The Persian. Several times during the course of the Peloponnesian War and 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 the Hellenic world Thermopylae Marathon and Salamis among them An storyteller Everitt combines erudite thoughtful historical analysis with stirring narrative set pieces that capture the colorful dramatic and exciting world of ancient GreeceAlthough 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 storyPraise for The Rise of AthensAn invaluable history of a foundational civilization combining impressive scholar.