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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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Book Details

ISBN: 9780500287651
ISBN-10: 0500287651
Format: Paperback / softback
(198mm x 135mm x 18mm)
Imprint: Thames & Hudson
Publisher: Thames & Hudson
Publish Date: 1-Oct-2008
Country of Publication: United States

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