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Athens: A History, from Ancient Ideal to Modern City Hardcover – 10 Mar 2004

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  • Hardcover: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Basic Books; 1st edition (10 Mar. 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 046509063X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0465090631
  • Product Dimensions: 24.1 x 16.2 x 3.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,568,016 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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For my curriculum vitae and lists of all my publications, please see my website www.robinwaterfield.com

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"Waterfield's narrative is clear, well-organized, reasonable in its judgments and eminently readable." Los Angeles Times "(A) patient retelling of more than three millennia of the city's social, cultural and political history up to the present day." Newsday" --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Robin Waterfield is the translator of a number of ancient Greek works and the author of Prophet: The Life and Times of Kahlil Gibran. He is currently Writer-in-Residence at the University of Sussex and lives in Brighton and the Peloponnesos of Greece. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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ONCE EVERY FOUR YEARS, FROM THE TRADITIONAL, THOUGH PROBABLY not authentic, starting date of 776 BCE, men from all over the Greek world, from Spain to the north African coast to the Black Sea, converged on Olympia. Read the first page
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By AMX on 9 Dec. 2009
Format: Hardcover
Robin Waterfield has successfully managed to compress the very long, highly didactic, interesting and captivating history of ATHENS of more than 2500 years into an accessible single volume. I am not a classical history scholar, but my interest in the subject was really rewarded by reading this book.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Dorothy King on 28 Jan. 2011
Format: Kindle Edition
Well researched and beautifully written, this is one of my favorite histories of Athens. It's written in a style that would suit popular audicences, such as those visiting the cities, but the contents are interesting enough to engage academics too.
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Comprehensive 4 July 2013
By Jane B. Ames - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
This extremely interesting and comprehensive look at the long, long history of Athens put our current world issues into a new perspective for me.
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Lover of Greece 8 Dec. 2012
By William Lee - Published on Amazon.com
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My wife is of Greek origin and ever since visiting the country for the first time in 2007 (after 17 years of marriage) I've been in love with it. I've also been fortunate to have visited places most people don't get to see and my interest in its history has only grown. I found Robin Waterfield's book when researching for an idea I have about a novel series on Athens. the book seemed to be one of the only ones available that gave the history of Athens I was looking for. It was well reviewed and after getting into it those reviews seem well founded.
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