of the Aigina
ISBN: 9781905125593, pp275,
Our ideas about ancient
Athens are constructed very largely from the writings of Athenian
authors. Relatively rare are our sources for how others - whether
Greeks, Asiatics or Romans - saw Athens from the outside. Yet we
can see that not only did many across the Mediterranean world resist
the political power of Athens in countless wars over several centuries,
but that there existed an intriguing variety of anti-Athenian ideologies.
This volume traces negative thinking about Athens from the late archaic
period to Roman times. It challenges the easy modern supposition
that Athens was generally seen as the cultural emblem of Greece,
and casts light on the thinking of ancient peoples who - nowadays
- tend to exist in Athens' shadow.
John K. Davies
Thomas J. Figueira