Athens: Its Rise and Fall: With Views of the Literature, Philosophy, and Social Life of the Athenian People, 1st Edition (Paperback) book cover

Athens: Its Rise and Fall

With Views of the Literature, Philosophy, and Social Life of the Athenian People, 1st Edition

By Edward Bulwer Lytton

Edited by Oswyn Murray


632 pages

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Athens: Its Rise and Fall, originally published in 1837, is the most important and readable of the Victorian histories of ancient Greece. It stands alongside Macauley and Carlyle as a great historical work of British Romanticism, and anticipates the thinking of George Grote and John Stuart Mill on Greek history by over a decade.

Originally published in two volumes, this new one-volume edition includes the text of the never-before published 'third volume' on which he was working at the time of his death, recently rediscovered by Oxford academic Oswyn Murray.

An absolute must for any scholar of ancient Greece.


'Fascinating and valuable.' - The Journal of Classics Teaching

'This splendid bicentenary edition … has a captivating story that deserves to be known … [it] is thus meritous both because it recovers an important book from oblivion and because it completes the 1837 edition … we have now the most complete edition of Bulwer's reconstruction and interpretation of Athenian's rerum gestarum … it is a precious document.' - BMCR

Table of Contents

Introduction Book I: From the Earliest Period to the Legislation of Solon to BC 594 Book II: From the Legislation of Solon to the Battle of Marathon, BC 594-490 Book III: From the Battle of Marathon to the Battles of Plataea and Mycale, BC 490-BC 479 Book IV: From the End of the Persian Invasion to the Death of Cimon, BC 479-BC 449 Book V: From the Death of Cimon, BC 449, to the death of Pericles, in the third year of the Peloponnesian War, BC 429 Book VI: (a fragment) From the Start of the Peloponnesian War to the Battle of Delium, BC 432/1-BC 424/3 Bibiography of Works Cited by the Author Index

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
HISTORY / Ancient / General
HISTORY / Ancient / Greece