Ancient Athens on Five Drachmas a Day


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Philip Matyszak


Ancient Athens was not all art, intellect and politics. This detailed and scholarly, yet irreverent 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.

This wittily-written 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. 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.

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Weight 455 g
Dimensions 14.5 x 20.7 cm
Publisher name Thames and Hudson Ltd
Publication date 25 August 2008
Number of pages 136
Format Hardback
Dimensions 14.5 x 20.7 cm
Weight 455 g


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Philip Matyszak has a doctorate in Roman history from St John's College, Oxford. He is the author of many books on classical civilization, including Chronicle of the Roman Republic, The Enemies of Rome, The Sons of Caesar, Ancient Rome on Five Denarii a Day, Ancient Athens on Five Drachmas a Day, Lives of the Romans (with Joanne Berry) and Legionary.