By Matyszak, Philip
Spend 24 hours with the ancient Athenians. Athens was the birthplace of democracy. The city-state's political and military might were feared throughout the ancient world while it pushed the boundaries of social, literary and philosophical experimentation in an era when it had a g...reater concentration of genuises per capita than at any other time in human history. Yet even geniuses go to the bathroom, argue with their spouse and enjoy a drink with friends. Not all of Athens' inhabitants enjoyed the benefits of such a civilized society, though. The average Athenian couldn't give a fig about Euripides' new play or Socrates' latest philosophical tenet. No, for them, life was about making ends meet, and if that meant one had to seek employment with one of these bigwigs, so be it. During the course of a day we meet 24 Athenians from all strata of society - from the slave to the politician, the fishmonger to the philosopher, the soldier to the vase painter - and get to know what the real Athens was like by spending an hour in their company. We encounter a different one of these characters - all from different walks of life - every chapter, with each chapter forming an hour in a day in the life of the ancient city. We also get to spy on the daily doings of notable Athenians through the eyes of regular people as the city hovers on the brink of the fateful war that will destroy its golden age.Read more
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Dr Philip Matyszak has a PhD from the University of Oxford and currently works as a tutor for Madingley Hall Institute of Continuing Education at the University of Cambridge, teaching a course on Ancient Rome. He has written a number of bestselling titles on the ancient world including Ancient Rome on Five Denarii a Day and Ancient Athens on Five Drachmas a Day. In 2017 he wrote 24 Hours in Ancient Rome for Michael O'Mara Books. He lives in British Columbia, Canada.
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