By Bruce Clark,

Book cover of Athens: City of Wisdom

Book description

A sweeping narrative history of Athens, telling the three-thousand-year story of the birthplace of Western civilization.

Even on the most smog-bound of days, the rocky outcrop on which the Acropolis stands is visible above the sprawling roof-scape of the Greek capital. Athens presents one of the most recognizable and symbolically…

Shepherd is reader supported. We may earn an affiliate commission when you buy through links on our website. (learn more)

Why read it?

1 author picked Athens as one of their favorite books. Why do they recommend it?

Athens is where I lived as a student in the 1970s, and I’ve loved the place ever since! People who visit Greece often miss out on the capital or find the modern city ugly and noisy. But this book explains the magic effect that Athens has exercised on natives and visitors for at least two thousand years – all the way from the legendary wisdom of Solon the lawgiver to the gritty problems of a decade of enforced austerity (only recently overcome), and of a new multi-culturalism that comes with mass migration across Europe’s front line into Greece.

Want books like Athens?

Our community of 6,000+ authors has personally recommended 10 books like Athens.

Browse books like Athens

5 book lists we think you will like!

Interested in Athens, Greece, and Ancient Greece?

6,000+ authors have recommended their favorite books and what they love about them. Browse their picks for the best books about Athens, Greece, and Ancient Greece.

Athens Explore 37 books about Athens
Greece Explore 101 books about Greece
Ancient Greece Explore 92 books about Ancient Greece