The Fall of the Athenian Empire / Edition 1

The Fall of the Athenian Empire / Edition 1

by Donald Kagan, John Wilmerding
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Cornell University Press
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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.