As a high school history teacher, I appreciate studies of ancient times that manage to cover the subject in appropriate detail and at the same time hold the reader's interest, particularly younger readers, who can be and often are turned off at the idea of studying about anything that happened before they were born. This volume, one of a recent series of studies of ancient Greece and Rome for young people by historian Don Nardo, perfectly blends factual, accurate information about ancient Athenian society with an easy-to-read, often lively writing style. The first chapter presents an excellent summary of the city and its people in the Bronze Age. Subsequent chapters cover Athens' growth over the centuries, the establishment of its political institutions, its homelife and social life, the role and status of women, religious beliefs and customs (with a riveting description of the yearly festival and sacrifices dedicated to the goddess Athena), athletic games, art and sculpture, and warfare. This is non-scholarly historical writing at its best and I recommend it highly to both history teachers and casual readers.