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  • Hardcover: 136 pages
  • Publisher: Thames & Hudson (29 Sept. 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0500051577
  • ISBN-13: 978-0500051573
  • Product Dimensions: 13.5 x 2.2 x 19.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 399,566 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'Vividly imagined, well-informed descriptions of the city's daily life... [gives] a real sense of ancient Athens as a vibrant city'
-- The Guardian

`Bright and breezy,with a good sense of fun'
-- The Times Higher Education Supplement

`Witty ... achieves that elusive balance of being both well researched and extremely funny' -- The Sunday Times

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`Witty ... achieves that elusive balance of being both well researched and extremely funny'

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Caroline Lawrence on 27 Oct. 2008
Format: Hardcover
You'll enjoy this! A guide to Athens for anyone with even the vaguest interest in the Classical world. This book is readable, fun, and beautfully illustrated with line drawings and colour plates. As with 'Ancient Rome on 5 Denarii a Day' there are fun info boxes and quotes (e.g. 'Cicadas chirp up in the trees a month or two, but our Athenians keep chirping over lawsuits all their lives...' Aristophanes, The Birds )

Categories include:
GETTING THERE
THE PIRAEUS
ORIENTATION
ATHENIAN PASTIMES
MEET THE ATHENIANS
CITY OF GODS
MUST-SEE SIGHTS

There is also a glossary of 'Useful Phrases' at the end. My favourite is 'A Spartan, an Athenian and a Boeotian went into a tavern...' in Classical Greek, of course!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By B. Quilliam on 8 Jun. 2009
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Ancient Athens described in the form of a modern travel guide such as Lonely Planet. This book gives a picture of real life and covers aspects not dealt with in standard history books, of which I have read quite a few including those by ancient authors such as Herodotus
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Keen Reader TOP 50 REVIEWER on 28 Jun. 2013
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This is a fun book; based on a travel guide, it offers tips for a visitor to Ancient Athens - including where to eat, drink and meet a philosopher.

The book is divided into sections:
Getting There
The Piraeus
Orientation
Athenian Pastimes
Meet the Athenians
Activities
A City of Gods
Rites of Passage
Must-see Sights

At the end are useful phrases for your visit - from what to say at the Symposium to General expressions.

The book is a serious one; the information is presented concisely but perfectly seriously. The design of dressing up the information as a travel guide is entertaining and means that the book can be read in sections as the reader chooses to dip in and out of the book. There are lots of diagrams and illustrations, and passages from Greek authors, which brings the information out in its context. This is a great little book; the information presented is `live' in that the way it is written offers a contextual and `real' experience for the reader. Very entertaining, rather clever. Definitely recommended.
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By RR Waller TOP 500 REVIEWER on 27 Aug. 2011
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Walking round Athens today, one may be considering the fractures in the eurozone and which countries could disappear into the fissure. Fortunately, it is not long before the mind is arrested by the appearance of the remains of a life when the drachma reigned supreme.
High on the Acropolis or walking round the Agora below it where, early in Greek history (10th century-8th century BC), free-born male land-owners who were citizens would gather, this book is just what is required to bring the stones alive. The Stoa of Attalos, the reconstructed stoa measuring 115 by 20 metres wide provides a rare opportunity to experience Athens as it was and it makes an excellent shelter in which to read a few more chapters of this well-written guidebook to ancient Athens on a budget before going around its museum dealing mainly with Greek democracy.
There is a series of these books - Rome, Florence, London and Egypt - and I recommend each of them.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By T. R. Caris on 23 July 2009
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Everyone interested in ancient Greek history, can travel through time with this book. This book covers all aspects of daily life in ancient Greek city Athens around 500 Before Common Era (BCE). The information is presented as a travel guide. After reading it, I have a good idea how life was in the ancient times. The writer Philip Matyszak, an expert on Ancient cultures of Rome and Greece, knows how to get a grip on you; making you enjoying reading this book from cover to cover. I can recommend the companion guide 'Ancient Rome on Five Denarii a Day' as well. The same concept except that this book is about Rome in 100 Common Era (CE). My advice: buy this book, start reading it and enjoy the travel through (ancient) times.
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