ANCIENT ATHENS ON 5 DRACHMAS A DAY


ANCIENT ATHENS ON 5 DRACHMAS A DAY

PHILIP MATYSZAK    Book Number: 82563    Product format: Paperback

You have travelled back in time 2,500 years, and are wandering around ancient Athens. Start at the Hot Gates, so called because of the boiling volcanic springs in the area, procure a donkey, a cloak, hat and boots and set off on your long trek. You may wish to stop off at Delphi to consult the Oracle, but you'll need to arrange some sacrifices and you mustn't bother the gods with trivia. When you finally reach Athens you'll want to find somewhere to stay, but avoid the common inns as 'These are notorious for larcenous landlords, ravenous bed-bugs, insistent and slatternly prostitutes and violent drunks who may or may not be pimping the prostitutes in question.' You can buy all kind of things at the Agora market from flowers to drinking horns, and keep a look out for Socrates who patronises the wine sellers there. Advice on visiting the theatre (men play the women's roles), attending athletics events (the men wear just a thin coating of olive oil, so married women are barred from watching, though virgin girls are welcome), or weddings - the happy couple are showered with fruit 'a general hint about the process of reproduction, and the bride and groom thereafter retire to try their hand at the business for themselves while their friends sing bawdy songs outside the door.' There is even a list of useful phrases. Softback. 136pp. Colour plates and b/w illus.
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ISBN 9780500287651
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from Anonymous on 02/04/2018
Worthy member of a series, by Matyszak and others, on ancient sites on 5 (insert unit of currency) per day. Both entertaining & instructional, and might provide background for any student of ancient Greece or Greek.
Very entertaining and surprising
from Anonymous on 17/01/2018
I now know a lot about living in Attica while enjoying the read. You will be surprised by the wealth of interesting information.