Ancient Athens on 5 Drachmas a Day

Ancient Athens on Drachmas a Day Welcome to Athens in BC This entertaining guide provides all the information a tourist needs for a journey back in time to ancient Athens at its pinnacle of greatness than years ago Travel vi

  • Title: Ancient Athens on 5 Drachmas a Day
  • Author: Philip Matyszak
  • ISBN: 9780500287651
  • Page: 455
  • Format: Paperback
  • Ancient Athens on 5 Drachmas a Day

    Welcome to Athens in 431 BC This entertaining guide provides all the information a tourist needs for a journey back in time to ancient Athens at its pinnacle of greatness than 2000 years ago Travel via Thermopylae, the Oracle at Delphi, and the site of the epic Battle of Marathon to the city of Athena, goddess of wisdom Meet Socrates, Thucydides, Phidias, and otherWelcome to Athens in 431 BC This entertaining guide provides all the information a tourist needs for a journey back in time to ancient Athens at its pinnacle of greatness than 2000 years ago Travel via Thermopylae, the Oracle at Delphi, and the site of the epic Battle of Marathon to the city of Athena, goddess of wisdom Meet Socrates, Thucydides, Phidias, and others who are among the greatest philosophers, writers, and artists who ever lived Encounter ordinary Athenians in the marketplace and at the theater and learn the true character of one of the most extraordinary cities of any age.Of course, ancient Athens was not all art, intellect, and politics This well researched yet irreverently unacademic guide also plunges gleefully into the hedonistic side of Athenian life with wine sodden symposiums, brothels, and brawls, advising the reader to avoid slatternly prostitutes and inns where the beds are infested with bugs, and warning that both torches and an escort are needed to avoid muggers after an evening on the town.Ancient Athens on 5 Drachmas a Day takes you through the raucous city crowds to the serene heights of the Parthenon and evokes the wonder of a city where the monuments and ideas that form the bedrock of Western culture are as fresh and new as the garlands of flowers on Athena s altar.

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    1. John

      Sequel to Ancient Rome on 5 Denarii a Day that one could be described as Falco gets a gig writing for Lonely Planet , while this one struck me as an episode of Mr Peabody author and Sherman reader visiting Athens via the Way Back Machine.

    2. Sharon

      This is an informative, entertaining book about ancient Athens, presented in the form of a modern travel guide I thought Matyszak s first book, Ancient Rome on 5 Denarii a Day was better, but since ancient Rome is his field of expertise, that s not such a surprise Where that book was truly engaging, with an immediacy that put me right in the Rome of AD 200, this book is merely interesting I didn t feel a connection with ancient Athens, possibly in part because I am a woman, and women in that set [...]

    3. Kara

      I m not sure if it s the writing or the subject matter, but the book left me with no desire to visit ancient Athens or to learn There were a few interesting facts, but the book never really came together as a whole There was no sense of the city itself, just a list of some bits and pieces about various wars, philosophers, and military leaders.

    4. Menno

      This travel guide is a peoples history in disguise It is concerned with the details of daily life such as what to eat, where to stay, and what sights to see for a visitor to ancient Athens These sorts of details are often overlooked in the traditional histories And it will come in really handy if I decide to do some time traveling.

    5. S. J.

      3.2 Stars Scorecard Out of 10 Quality of Writing 6 Pace 5 Plot development 5 Characters 6 Enjoyability 7 Insightfulness 8 Ease of Reading 7 Photos Illustrations 7Final Score 51 80 64% The Gush What I like about these travel books is how much you learn even though you feel you re not learning at all It doesn t feel like a lesson or a boring history book yet I learned far from this small book then any class I ever took on the subject Setting it up as a travel guide allows the author to detail the [...]

    6. sabisteb

      Athen f r 5 Drachmen am Tag ist der zweite Band der historischen Reisef hrerreihe des Sanssouci Verlages, der den Leser in verschiedene St dte zu ihrer Bl tezeit f hrt, jedoch aufgemacht ist wie ein moderner Reisef hrer.Anders als in Rom f r 5 Denar am Tag oder Shakespeares London f r 5 Schilling am Tag ist dieser Band wesendlich deutlicher, was die Adressierung des Reisenden angeht Es wird ein Reisender der heutigen Zeit angesprochen, der sich auf eine Zeitreise in die Antike begeben m chte Die [...]

    7. Stuart Hill

      I picked this one up having enjoyed the author s previous volume on Ancient Rome This book takes the same approach to its subject, but wasn t quite as successful for me Perhaps it is Athens lack of renowned buildings that made the difference, whilst Rome has left a tangible physical inheritance in the shape of the Colosseum, Pantheon, Forum etc Athens doesn t have so much to offer in comparison, yes there s the Parthenon but other significant construction which was contemporary has been lost ove [...]

    8. Simon Binning

      If you have read little or nothing about Ancient Greece, then this could be a good place to start It is written as a light hearted guidebook to visiting Athens in about 431bce, and gives you a high level introduction to the city, its environs, and it s people It covers all the basics, looking at how the Athenians live, eat, fight, marry, die and govern themselves For me, it was a little disappointing It is quite short, and if you have any knowledge of the period, will probably not contain anythi [...]

    9. Reuel

      An imaginary tour of Athens in 431 BCE, covering nearby areas e.g Delphi, Marathon, Attica generally , the Piraeus harbor social customs pastimes religion politics then current philosophers, historians, playwrights rituals and local sights Intended for young adults, it s written in a light, humorous fashion A quick read Includes lots of interesting illustrations of art and architecture.

    10. Andreas Michaelides

      I often wondered how it would be to live in Ancient Greece, how easy or how hard life would be This book realised that wish and dream tot he fullest, while reading it I actually felt that I was living in Ancient Athens, walking down the streets of the city that gave birth to Democracy and admiring the pantheon of buildings, people and gods.

    11. Alice

      The idea of this book was cute, but I found it to be just OK May be a good read if you re interested in the history of ancient Greece, but I care about modern Greece.

    12. Midori

      The author is not expert in the Greek world and lacks of knowledge in Ancient Greek language substantial mistakes on this field Overall, it is amusing but it has considerable errors.

    13. Jimmy

      Since I probably will never realize my lifelong dream of visiting Greece, I thought I might try to do it vicariously Alas, nothing is ever quite that simple.

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