The Road to Sparta

The Road to Sparta

Author: Dean Karnazes

Publisher: Atlantic Books

ISBN: 9781952535727

Category: Sports & Recreation

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In 490 BCE Pheidippides ran for 36 hours straight from Athens to Sparta to seek help in defending Athens from a Persian invasion. He was hailed as a hero and his run stands enduringly as one of greatest physical accomplishments in history. Dean Karnazes honours this achievement and his own Greek heritage by attempting this ancient journey in modern times. His account of running the gruelling Spartathlon, fuelled only by the figs, olives and meats available to Pheidippides, will captivate even the most sedentary readers.

The Road to Sparta

The Road to Sparta

Author: Dean Karnazes

Publisher: Allen & Unwin

ISBN: 9781760294632

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 304

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In The Road to Sparta famed ultramarathoner Dean Karnazes explores the story of the world's first marathon, all while reliving the historic 153-mile run from Athens to Sparta in one of the most difficult ultra races in the world - the Spartathlon. In 490 BCE Pheidippides ran for 36 hours straight from Athens to Sparta to seek help in defending Athens from a Persian invasion. Pheidippides was hailed a hero, as he saved the development of Western civilization. The run stands enduringly as one of greatest physical accomplishments in history. Karnazes honours Pheidippides and his Greek heritage by completing the treacherous course without the aid of modern endurance nutrition and only eating and drinking what would have been available in 490 BCE. Through vivid description and telling insights, The Road to Sparta offers readers a rare glimpse into the mind-set and motivation of an extreme athlete during his most difficult and personal challenge to date.

Paul Prescott's Charge

Paul Prescott's Charge

Author: Horatio Jr. Alger

Publisher: Good Press

ISBN: EAN:4057664625458

Category: Fiction

Page: 222

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"Paul Prescott's Charge" by Horatio Jr. Alger. Published by Good Press. Good Press publishes a wide range of titles that encompasses every genre. From well-known classics & literary fiction and non-fiction to forgotten−or yet undiscovered gems−of world literature, we issue the books that need to be read. Each Good Press edition has been meticulously edited and formatted to boost readability for all e-readers and devices. Our goal is to produce eBooks that are user-friendly and accessible to everyone in a high-quality digital format.

Peloponnesiaca

Peloponnesiaca

Author: William Martin Leake

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 9781108020107

Category: History

Page: 472

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A detailed description of historical artefacts, sites and geography mentioned in Leake's work Travels in the Morea.

Pericles Of Athens And The Birth Of Democracy

Pericles Of Athens And The Birth Of Democracy

Author: Donald Kagan

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 9780684863955

Category: History

Page: 320

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"Kagan, faithful to his lifelong fascination with Pericles . . . gives us an accessible and invaluable account of his life and deeds."--Allan Bloom, author of "The Closing of the American Mind."

Studies in Greek Scenery, Legend and History

Studies in Greek Scenery, Legend and History

Author: James George Frazer

Publisher: BoD – Books on Demand

ISBN: 9783748141464

Category: Social Science

Page: 376

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It may be reckoned a peculiar piece of good fortune that among the wreckage of classical literature the Description of Greece by Pausanias should have come down to us entire. In this work we possess a plain, unvarnished account by an eye-witness of the state of Greece in the second century of our era. Of no other part of the ancient world has a description at once so minute and so trustworthy survived, and if we had been free to single out one country in one age of which we should wish a record to be preserved, our choice might well have fallen on Greece in the age of the Antonines. No other people has exerted so deep and abiding an influence on the course of modern civilisation as the Greeks, and never could all the monuments of their chequered but glorious history have been studied so fully as in the second century of our era. The great age of the nation, indeed, had long been over, but in the sunshine of peace and imperial favour Greek art and literature had blossomed again. New temples had sprung up; new images had been carved; new theatres and baths and aqueducts ministered to the amusement and luxury of the people. Among the new writers whose works the world will not willingly let die, it is enough to mention the great names of Plutarch and Lucian.