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24 Hours in Ancient Athens: A Day in the Life of the People Who Lived There

24 Hours in Ancient Athens: A Day in the Life of the People Who Lived There (Hardback)

By Matyszak, Philip

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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.
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ISBN 9781782439769
Released NZ 1 Aug 2019
Publisher Michael O'Mara Books Ltd
Format Hardback
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Series 24 Hours in Ancient History
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ISBN-13 9781782439769
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Status In stock at publisher; ships 6-12 working days
Publisher Michael O'Mara Books Ltd
Imprint Michael O'Mara Books Ltd
Released 1 Aug 2019
Publication Country United Kingdom United Kingdom
Format Hardback
Author(s) By Matyszak, Philip
Series 24 Hours in Ancient History
Category World History: BCE To C 500 CE
Number of Pages 272
Dimensions Width: 129mm
Height: 198mm
Spine: 25mm
Dewey Code 938.5
Weight Not specified - defaults to 1,000g
Interest Age General Audience
Reading Age General Audience
Library of Congress Athens Greece - Social life and customs
NBS Text Ancient History
ONIX Text General/trade