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The rise of Athens : the story of the world's greatest civilization
Everitt, Anthony, author
New York : Random House, [2016]
How to be Greek -- Three's company. National hero ; State of war ; The Persian mule -- The invention of democracy. The shaking-off ; A friend of the poor ; Charioteers of the soul ; Inventing democracy -- The Persian threat. Eastern raiders ; Fox as hedgehog ; Invasion ; "The acts of idiots" ; "O divine Salamis" -- The empire builders. League of Nations ; The falling out ; The kindly ones ; "Crowned with violets" -- The Great War. The prisoners on the island ; The man who knew nothing ; Downfall ; The end of democracy? -- A long farewell. Sparta's turn ; Chaeronea : "fatal to liberty" ; Afterword : "a God-forsaken hole".

The achievements of Athens have left a profound impact on Western culture. The Athenians invented the first real democracy (albeit one that included only adult males) and, in doing so, transformed the very notion of government. They established the concept of philosophy, raising issues with which today's thinkers still wrestle, and shaped the arts of tragedy and comedy, architecture and sculpture, as well as the study of history. Just how did a tiny community of some two hundred thousand souls manage to give birth to towering geniuses across the range of human endeavor and lay the foundations of our contemporary intellectual universe? With Athens itself as his protagonist, Anthony attempts to answer this question. Filled with tales of adventure and astounding reversals of fortune, this book 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. Everitt also fills his history with unforgettable portraits of the talented, tricky, ambitious, and unscrupulous Athenians who fueled the city's rise: Themistocles, the brilliant naval strategist who led the Greeks to a decisive victory over their Persian enemies; Pericles, arguably the greatest Athenian statesman of them all; and the wily Alcibiades, who changed his political allegiance several times during the course of the Peloponnesian War--and died in a hail of assassins' arrows. Here also are riveting you-are-there accounts of the milestone battles that defined the Hellenic world: Thermopylae, Marathon, and Salamis among them. 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.--Adapted from dust jacket.
Baker Berry DF285 .E94 2016

The political geography of a Mycenaean district : the archaeological survey at Iklaina
edited by MIchael B. Cosmopoulos
Athens : The Archaeological Society at Athens, 2016
Baker Berry DF220.5 .P655 2016

Kavousi IIC : the late Minoan IIIC settlement at Vronda : specialist reports and analyses
Day, Leslie Preston, editor
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania : INSTAP Academic Press, 2016
The architecture of Vronda / Kevin T. Glowacki and Nancy L. Klein -- The pottery / Leslie Preston Day -- The terracotta figurines / Geraldine C. Gesell -- The ground and chipped stone implements from the settlement / Heidi M.C. Dierckx -- Small finds of various categories / Leslie Preston Day -- The faunal remains / Lynn M. Snyder and David S. Reese -- The palaeoethnobotany of Vronda / Kimberly Flint-Hamilton -- History of Vronda and society of the LM IIIC Settlement / Leslie Preston Day.
Baker Berry DF261.K4 D396 2016

Fountains and water culture in Byzantium
edited by Brooke Shilling (University of Lincoln), Paul Stephenson (University of Lincoln)
Cambridge, United Kingdom : Cambridge University Press, 2016
Introduction / Brooke Shilling and Paul Stephenson -- Where do we go now? : the archaeology of monumental fountains in the Roman and early Byzantine East / Julian Richard -- Monumental waterworks in late antique Constantinople / Paul Stephenson and Ragnar Hedlund -- Fistulae and water fraud in late antique Constantinople / Gerda de Kleijn -- The Silahtara'a statues in context / Brenda Longfellow -- The Bronze Goose from the Hippodrome / Rowena Loverance -- The Serpent Column fountain / Paul Stephenson -- The culture of water in the "Macedonian Renaissance" / Paul Magdalino -- When bath became church : spatial fusion in late antique Constantinople and beyond / Jesper Blid Kullberg -- Zoomorphic rainwater spouts / Philipp Niewöhner -- Spouts and finials defining fountains by giving water shape and sound / Eunice Dauterman Maguire -- Fountains of Paradise in early Byzantine art, homilies, and hymns / Brooke Shilling -- Where did the waters of Paradise go after iconoclasm? / Henry Maguire -- "Rejoice, spring" : the Theotokos as a fountain in the liturgical practice of Byzantine hymnography / Helena Bodin -- Words, water, and power : literary fountains and metaphors of patronage in eleventh- and twelfth-century Byzantium / Ingela Nilsson -- Ancient water in fictional fountains : waterworks in Byzantine novels and romances / Terése Nilsson -- The Shrine of the Theotokos at the Pege / Isabel Kimmelfield -- A dome for the water : canopied fountains and cypress trees in Byzantine and early Ottoman Constantinople / Federica Broilo -- Sinan's ablution fountains / Johan Mårtelius.

"This book restores the fountains of Roman Byzantium, Byzantine Constantinople and Ottoman Istanbul, reviving the sounds, shapes, smells and sights of past water cultures. Constantinople, the capital of the Byzantine and Ottoman Empires, is surrounded on three sides by sea, and has no major river to deliver clean, potable water. However, the cultures that thrived in this remarkable waterscape through millennia have developed and sustained diverse water cultures and a water delivery system that has supported countless fountains, some of which survive today. Scholars address the delivery system that conveyed and stored water, and the fountains, large and small, from which it gushed. Papers consider spring water, rainwater and seawater; water suitable for drinking, bathing and baptism; and fountains real, imagined and symbolic. Experts in the history of art and culture, archaeology and theology, and poetry and prose, offer reflections on water and fountains across two millennia in one location. The first study of water culture and fountains in Byzantium. Presents Byzantine material in a longer chronology, across several disciplines, embracing late Roman material as well as Ottoman material. Includes work from established names in the field as well as new voices"--Publisher's website.
Baker Berry DF531 .F68 2016

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