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The Rise of Athens

Nonfiction: History
Unabridged   16.5 hour(s)
Publication date: 12/06/2016

The Rise of Athens

The Story of the World's Greatest Civilization

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Audio CD ISBN:9781681684154
Digital Download ISBN:9781681684161


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 Cicero, Augustus, and Hadrian.

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Filled 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 golden age, to its decline into the ancient equivalent of a modern-day university town.

Anthony Everitt constructs his history with unforgettable portraits of the talented, tricky, ambitious, and unscrupulous Athenians who fueled the city's rise. An unparalleled storyteller, Everitt combines erudite, thoughtful historical analysis with stirring narrative set pieces that capture the colorful, dramatic, and exciting world of ancient Greece.

Although 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 story.


"Entertaining and informative. . . . Michael Page, AudioFile Earphones winner, gives a formal and precise delivery appropriate to the material." —Library Journal Starred Audio

"[Michael Page] fits inflection and emphasis to meaning with intelligence, at the same time matching his tone to the underlying sense and implications of the text, enhancing its significance without drawing attention to the reading itself." —AudioFile

"Narrator Michael Page . . . does a great job here, handling the myriad number of Greek names and places with ease." —Sound Commentary Starred Review

Author Bio

Anthony Everitt, a sometime visiting professor in the visual and performing arts at Nottingham Trent University, has written extensively on European culture and is the author of Cicero, Augustus, and Hadrian and the Triumph of Rome.