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date: 18 September 2021

p. 628. Athenslocked

p. 628. Athenslocked

  • Paul Cartledge


The enhanced esteem of Athens from the 1830s on has held its own, helped by the association of Sparta with authoritarian regimes. ‘Athens’ looks at this classical city, located 8 kilometres inland, which became the biggest in the Greek world before the foundation and rise of Alexandria in Egypt. It was the most complex of the Greek cities, and s actually three cities rolled into one: Athens as political entity; the Athenian Akro-Polis, or ‘High City’, located within that wider entity; and the port of Piraeus, a second city within the territory, a copy of the political entity, a ‘double’.

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