Athens After Empire: A History from Alexander the Great to the Emperor Hadrian

ISBN : 9780190633981

Ian Worthington
432 Pages
156 x 235 mm
Pub date
Jan 2021
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A major new history of Athens' remarkably long and influential life after the collapse of its empire To many the history of post-Classical Athens is one of decline. True, Athens hardly commanded the number of allies it had when hegemon of its fifth-century Delian League or even its fourth-century Naval Confederacy, and its navy was but a shadow of its former self. But Athens recovered from its perilous position in the closing quarter of the fourth century and became once again a player in Greek affairs, even during the Roman occupation. Athenian democracy survived and evolved, even through its dealings with Hellenistic Kings, its military clashes with Macedonia, and its alliance with Rome. Famous Romans, including Julius Caesar and Mark Antony, saw Athens as much more than an isolated center for philosophy. Athens After Empire offers a new narrative history of post-Classical Athens, extending the period down to the aftermath of Hadrian's reign.


Introduction: This is the City of Hadrian and not of Theseus
1. Farewell to Freedom
2. Under The Puppet Ruler: Demetrius of Phalerum
3. Political and Civic Institutions
4. Demetrius The Besieger and Athens
5. Testing Macedonia
6. Independence Day
7. Enter Rome, Exit Macedonia
8.Being Free without Freedom
9. Social Life and Religion
10. Sulla's Sack of Athens
11. The End of Hellenistic Athens
12. Augustus and Athens
13. Tiberius to Hadrian
14. Building A New Horizon?
15. Hadrian's Arch

About the author: 

Ian Worthington is Professor of Ancient History of Macquarie University. He is the author of numerous books about ancient the ancient world, including, most recently, Ptolemy I: King and Pharaoh of Egypt, By the Spear: Philip II, Alexander the Great, and the Rise and Fall of the Macedonian Empire, and Demosthenes of Athens and the Fall of Classical Greece.

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