Ancient Athens on Five Drachmas a Day

Ancient Athens on Five Drachmas a Day

  1. Philip Matyszak
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  • ISBN 9780500051573
  • 19.90 x 13.50 cm
  • Hardback
  • 136pp
  • 72 Illustrations, 14 in colour
  • First published 2008
‘An invaluable encounter with the Athenians … glossy illustrations and maps … leaves you with a sense of what the Athenians might have been like’ – The Daily Telegraph


'Ancient Athens' achieves that elusive balance of being both well researched and extremely funny'– Sunday Times


‘… succeeds in breathing life into the classical city … ideal reading for anyone who wants to gain a solid grounding of what Athens was like in its classical heyday’ – Minerva

Ancient Athens on Five Drachmas a Day

This witty guide – a companion to the same author’s bestselling Ancient Rome on Five Denarii a Day – provides all the information a tourist needs for a journey to ancient Athens in the 5th century BC.

Find out
• what to see
• where to go
• what to eat
• where to drink
• and what to avoid!

Meet some of the greatest philosophers, writers and artists who ever lived. Encounter ordinary Athenians in the marketplace, in the assembly and on their country farms, and learn the true character of one of the most extraordinary cities of any age.

Ancient Athens was not all art, intellect and politics.
This detailed yet irreverently unacademic handbook also plunges into the fun side of Athenian life, with wine-sodden symposiums, brothels and brawls, advising the reader to avoid inns where the beds are infested with bugs (and prostitutes) and warning that torches and an escort are needed to avoid muggers after an evening on the town.

Philip Matyszak has a doctorate in Roman history from St John’s College, Oxford, and is the author of Chronicle of the Roman Republic, The Enemies of Rome, The Sons of Caesar and Ancient Rome on Five Denarii a Day. He teaches an e-learning course on Ancient Rome for the Institute of Continuing Education at Cambridge University.

See Philip Matyszak's website