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Athens
     

Athens

by Andrew Langley
 

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The birthplace of democracy, Athens has had a long and glorious past, from its Classical Age of philosophy and art to the Byzantine era, Ottoman occupation, and beyond. Now a fast-growing modern capital, Athens has seen its economy benefit from the city's unique position between Europe and Asia. Ever proud of their heritage, Athenians host a wealth of people from

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The birthplace of democracy, Athens has had a long and glorious past, from its Classical Age of philosophy and art to the Byzantine era, Ottoman occupation, and beyond. Now a fast-growing modern capital, Athens has seen its economy benefit from the city's unique position between Europe and Asia. Ever proud of their heritage, Athenians host a wealth of people from around the world who come to explore their many ancient monuments. Great Cities of the World uncovers what makes Athens continue to inspire natives and visitors alike.

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Children's Literature
The World Almanac Library's series, "Great Cities of the World," explores what the editors consider "the most fascinating cities in the world." This volume describes the history, government, geography and economy of Athens and acquaints readers with the culture and lifestyles of the people who live in this city. Almost every page is illustrated with full-color photographs of modern and ancient Athens as well as maps, charts and graphs. Occasional sidebars highlight interesting facts: Why didn't a law designed to cut the amount of traffic in half succeed? In order to circumvent the ban, many Athenians kept two cars—one with an even-numbered license plate to drive on days with even dates and one with an odd-numbered license plate to drive on days with odd dates. At the end of the book, readers will find a timeline, glossary and a listing of books and websites for those who want further information. A straightforward and informative resource. 2004, World Almanac Library, Ages 9 to 12.
— Anita Barnes Lowen
School Library Journal - School Library Journal
Gr 4-8-These up-to-date, attractively formatted titles contain interesting, informative texts set in an easy-to-read font. Well-chosen, excellent-quality color photos, quotations, and sidebars appear throughout. The only quibble is that some of the sidebars lack illustrations-e.g., in Athens, the replica of a trireme, Olympias, rates a paragraph but no picture, as does the National Archaeological Museum, and in London, the Millennium Bridge is referred to three times but not shown. However, these impressive packages are otherwise solid offerings that will be useful for reports, as well as for browsing material for armchair travelers.-Judith Constantinides, formerly at East Baton Rouge Parish Main Library, LA Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780836850215
Publisher:
Gareth Stevens Publishing
Publication date:
12/28/2003
Series:
Great Cities of the World Series
Pages:
48
Product dimensions:
7.90(w) x 10.10(h) x 0.40(d)
Age Range:
10 - 13 Years

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