This book tells the story of an Athenian boy named Hiero who lived in Athens during the age of Pericles, around the beginning of the Peloponnesian War. One of the main characters is a sculptor and the story emphasizes the artistic achievements of the Greeks during the golden age of the Athenian empire.
TO THE MEMORY OF
FRANCIS VINCENT DARROW
As Rome is associated in the minds of all with military heroism and power, so Athens is associated with art. The story of Our Little Athenian Cousin of Long Ago has for its setting the reign of Pericles, 444-429 B.C., when Athens was at the zenith of her power and glory, and when art and architecture reached their climax.
The story has been purposely made to emphasize the artistic, rather than the political, side of Athenian life, since it is through its art that Athens has most powerfully influenced our own life and times.
Every care has been taken to make the story a vivid portrayal of the civic and home life of a child of the time, while adhering strictly to the best authorities in regard to detail.
|JULIA DARROW COWLES|