The Story of Athens: A Record of the Life and Art of the City of the Violet Crown Read in Its Ruins and in the Lives of Great Athenians

The Story of Athens: A Record of the Life and Art of the City of the Violet Crown Read in Its Ruins and in the Lives of Great Athenians

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The Story of Athens: A Record of the Life and Art of the City of the Violet Crown Read in Its Ruins and in the Lives of Great Athenians

The Story of Athens: A Record of the Life and Art of the City of the Violet Crown Read in Its Ruins and in the Lives of Great Athenians

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The purpose of this volume is to give a simple sketch of the life and art of Athens from its earliest beginnings to the present time, as we find them recorded in ancient literature and in the monuments that time has spared to us. To this end an outline of the mythology and traditional history of the city is given in the introductory chapter, and for the rest a background is provided on which is traced the Story of Athens, as we read it in ancient history and in the lives of great Athenians. Where the thread of the narrative is broken in the accounts given by the ancients, we have to depend upon the researches of modern historians; and for our study of the topography and art we are dependent almost entirely upon modern criticism. But the aim of the book, in the matter of history, is to give, as far as possible, the view of the ancients themselves rather than to discuss the credibility of the old historians. It will be enough for us to quote the figures of Herodotus regarding the number of Persians that fought in the various battles of the war of invasion, without making digression to agree with, or to attempt to refute the contentions of, certain modern writers that it would have been impossible for such numbers to have been packed into the various battlefields.

Against this background of historical incidents, which depicts, in chronological order, the story of the wars, the leagues, the changes of government, the political and . . .

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