"All who read this thought-provoking book will find their understanding of fifth-century Athens greatly enriched, and come to realise that her extraordinary achievements are predicated on intimate contact with the Persian empire." Ame lie Kuhrt, Phoenix
This is the first comprehensive collection of evidence pertaining to the relations between Athens and Persia in the fifth century BC. Archaeology, epigraphy, iconography and literature all reveal some facet of Athenian receptivity to Persian culture. This innovative and fully illustrated study traces the Athenian response as it appears in pot shapes, clothing, luxurious display and monumental architecture. Even while despising the Persians, the Athenians appropriated and reshaped aspects of Achaemenid culture to their own needs.