The Fall of the Athenian Empire

The Fall of the Athenian Empire

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by Donald Kagan
     
 

ISBN-10: 0801499844

ISBN-13: 9780801499845

Pub. Date: 07/28/1991

Publisher: Cornell University Press

In the fourth and final volume of his magisterial history of the Peloponnesian War, Donald Kagan examines the period from the destruction of Athens' Sicilian expedition in September of 413 B.C. to the Athenian surrender to Sparta in the spring of 404 B.C. Through his study of this last decade of the war, Kagan evaluates the performance of the Athenian democracy as

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In the fourth and final volume of his magisterial history of the Peloponnesian War, Donald Kagan examines the period from the destruction of Athens' Sicilian expedition in September of 413 B.C. to the Athenian surrender to Sparta in the spring of 404 B.C. Through his study of this last decade of the war, Kagan evaluates the performance of the Athenian democracy as it faced its most serious challenge. At the same time, Kagan assesses Thucydides' interpretation of the reasons for Athens’ defeat and the destruction of the Athenian Empire.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780801499845
Publisher:
Cornell University Press
Publication date:
07/28/1991
Series:
A New History of the Peloponnesian War Series
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
480
Sales rank:
971,885
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.00(d)

Table of Contents

1. After the Sicilian Disaster
2. The War in the Aegean
3. Athens Responds
4. Sparta's Riposte
5. The Revolutionary Movement
6. The Coup
7. The Four Hundred in Power
8. The Establishment of the Five Thousand
9. The War in the Hellespont
10. The Restoration
11. The Return of Alcibiades
12. Cyrus, Lysander, and the Fall of Aicibiades
13. The Battle of Arginusae
14. The Trial of the Generals
15. The Fall of Athens
16. Conclusions

Bibliography
General Index
Index of Ancient Authors and Inscriptions
Index of Modem Authors

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EugeneTX More than 1 year ago
If you missed this book in its original printing, do not miss it this time. This book is written by a master story-teller and very easy to read and understand. One might ask: Why does Athens matter? My response is that Athens, allied with the other Greek city-states, was the first Democracy challenged by the so-called King of Kings coming out of Persia. Not only did Athens successfully resist the attempt but ejected the trespasser from its shores. This is a story about the first democracy in the known world and points out how it came to fall. One must remember that Athens lies across the Mediterraean Sea from the Middle East. Athens had trade relations with the Middle East for spices, grain, and other goods. The Greek scholars had relationships with the Hebrew community in the Middle East and, following Alexander's conquest, sent scholars and settlers to that very region. The Greek's gave us the first greek translation of the Bible in the Septuagint. Part of this mutual cooperation originated with Alexander himself when he went out of his way to gain Hebrew support instead of opposition. The outcome might have been entirely different had he lived long enough to consolidate his kingdom but that was not to be. To me. understanding the Greeks is essential to understanding the Bible and what took place in the Maccabean Revolt. It is all more pieces of the puzzle. Don't miss this book. It is worth far more than the asking price and you will never regret having purchased it.