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Strolling Through Athens: Fourteen Unforgettable Walks Through Europe's Oldest City


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Athens, city of the gods, birthplace of modern democracy, artistic and cultural center of the ancient world, is steeped in myth and legend. Now, in this newly reissued book publishing just in time for the 2004 Olympics being held in Athans, travel writer John Freely guides readers on a series of walks to the city's most vibrant and historic areas, from the magnificent Parthenon, center of Athens for four thousand years, to the winding streets of Plaka, the crumbling ruins of the Agora and the color and bustle of Monastiraki. We are led to the theatre of Dionysus, scene of the tragic plays of Aeschylus and Sophocles and to the spot where Phidippides ended his legendary run from Marathon. Vivid descriptions of Athens' most famous monuments and archeological sites are interwoven with mythology and anecdote; secret gems are discovered and the past resurrected with every step. This guide, more than any other available, reveals how the heart of ancient Athens still beats beneath the living, modern city.


Fourteen unforgettable walks through Europe's oldest city.

About the Author

John Freely has written over thirty travel books and guides, including Strolling Through Istanbul, John Freely's Istanbul, and Crete.

Table of Contents

Introduction * Athens, the City of Athena * The South Slope of the Acropolis * The Acropolis * From the Acropolis to the Agora * The Agora * From the Agora through the Kerameikos * Around the Walls of Ancient Athens * Roman Athens * Byzantine Athens * Plaka * Central Athens I * Central Athens II * The National Archaeological Museum * Strolling Through Athens * Appendices * I Chronology * II Glossary * III Bibliography * IV Opening Hours of Archaeological Sites, Museums and Monasteries * Sources of Quotations * Index

Product Details

Freely, John
I. B. Tauris & Company
Athens (greece)
Europe - Greece
Europe/Greece (see also Ancient/Greece)
Travel-Greece and Greek Isles
Europe/Greece (see also A
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Second Edition
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Professional and scholarly
32 b/w photos
7.80 x 5.00 in

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