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Sailing the Wine-Dark Sea, Why the Greeks Matter

Sailing the Wine-Dark Sea, Why the Greeks Matter

by Thomas Cahill

  • HISTORY
  • 2004
  • PAPER
  • 320 PAGES

Cahill brings to life ancient Greek society and civilization through the lives and words of politicians, playwrights, a poet, a philosopher and an artist in this eloquent and absorbing tribute. (GRE182, $17.00)

Ancient Greece: Art, Architecture, and History

Ancient Greece: Art, Architecture, and History

by Marina Belozerskaya | Kenneth Lapatin

  • ARCHAEOLOGY
  • 2004
  • PAPER
  • 144 PAGES

This lively illustrated guide covers the architecture, painting and sculpture of Ancient Greece from the third millennium to the end of the Hellenistic period. With 282 color and 28 black-and-white illustrations. (GRE194, $19.95)

Travels With Epicurus

Travels With Epicurus

by Daniel Klein

  • TRAVEL NARRATIVE
  • 2014
  • PAPER
  • 176 PAGES

Daniel Klein's witty meditation on the ancients, life in the Greek Islands, his favorite philosophers -- and growing old gracefully -- is also a delightful romp through the Aegean, primarily set on Hydra. (GRE514, $14.00)

Greece, A Traveler's Literary Companion

Greece, A Traveler's Literary Companion

by Artemis Leontis

  • ANTHOLOGY
  • 1997
  • PAPER
  • 288 PAGES

In this terrific anthology, 24 modern Greek writers offer a flavor of their nation, its culture and people, beautiful landscapes and rich history. (GRE190, $14.95)

Eyewitness Guide Greek Islands

Eyewitness Guide Greek Islands

by Eyewitness Guides

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2013
  • PAPER
  • 408 PAGES

Color photography, excellent local maps and an island-by-island synopsis of attractions make this book the one to carry with you. Includes a chapter on Athens. (GRE37, $28.00)

Greece Map

Greece Map

by Michelin

  • 2011
  • MAP
  • BEST SELLER

A colorful shaded map of Greece, the Greek Islands and the western coast of Turkey (including Istanbul) at a scale of 1:800,000. (GRE24, $12.95)

 
Culture Smart! Greece

Culture Smart! Greece


by Constantine Buhayer

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2006
  • PAPER
  • 168 PAGES

A concise, no-nonsense guide to local customs, etiquette and culture with a short overview of the land and people along with practical travel advice. (GRE317, $9.95)

Greek, A Language Map

Greek, A Language Map


by Kristine K. Kershul

  • LANGUAGE & PHRASEBOOKS
  • 2014
  • PLASTIC CARD

This durable, foldout card gives easy phonetic pronunciation for several hundred of the most commonly-needed words and phrases. (GRE241, $9.95)

Ikaria, Lessons on Food, Life, and Longevity from the Greek Island Where People Forget to Die

Ikaria, Lessons on Food, Life, and Longevity from the Greek Island Where People Forget to Die


by Diane Kochilas

  • FOOD
  • 2014
  • HARD COVER
  • 288 PAGES

Part cookbook, part travelogue, this book journeys through the lives of ordinary Ikarians capturing their stories, recipes and secrets to long life. (GRE570, $35.00)

A Traveller's History of Greece

A Traveller's History of Greece


by Timothy Boatswain | Colin Nicolson

  • HISTORY
  • 2007
  • PAPER
  • 344 PAGES

A nicely written survey from prehistory through the 1990s: wide-ranging, accessible and necessarily condensed. (GRE55, $14.95)

Ancient Greece, Everyday Life in the Birthplace of Western Civilization

Ancient Greece, Everyday Life in the Birthplace of Western Civilization


by Robert Garland

  • CULTURAL PORTRAIT
  • 2013
  • HARD COVER
  • 365 PAGES

A compact, accessible overview of the common life and culture of the ancient Greeks, including their perspectives on death, slaves, marriage and recreation. Part of Sterling's "Everyday Life" series by noted authors. Robert Garland is the Roy D. and Margaret B. Wooster Professor of the Classics at Colgate University. (GRE533, $17.95)

Introducing the Ancient Greeks, From Bronze Age Seafarers to Navigators of the Western Mind

Introducing the Ancient Greeks, From Bronze Age Seafarers to Navigators of the Western Mind


by Edith Hall

  • HISTORY
  • 2014
  • HARD COVER
  • 336 PAGES

Classicist Edith Hall visits ten Greek communities at different moments during the 20 centuries of ancient Greek history, brilliantly assembling a unified vision of the Greek spirit. (GRE555, $26.95)

The Classical World

The Classical World


by Robin Lane Fox

  • HISTORY
  • 2008
  • PAPER
  • 656 PAGES

From Homer to Hadrian, Fox conjures tyrants, conquerors and enthralling personalities in this marvelously written history of ancient Greece and Rome. (GRE293, $21.99)

The Complete World of Greek Mythology

The Complete World of Greek Mythology


by Richard Buxton

  • HISTORY
  • 2004
  • HARD COVER
  • 240 PAGES

With hundreds of color illustrations, site plans, genealogies and maps, this handsome, encyclopedic reference illuminates the world of the Greek gods. (GRE377, $39.95)

The Penguin Historical Atlas of Ancient Greece

The Penguin Historical Atlas of Ancient Greece


by Robert Morkot

  • HISTORY
  • 1997
  • PAPER
  • 144 PAGES

This pictorial survey of Greek antiquity, recording its culture and expansion, features dozens of full-color maps. (GRE125, $21.00)

The World of Odysseus

The World of Odysseus


by Moses I. Finley

  • HISTORY
  • 2002
  • PAPER
  • 205 PAGES

A classic portrait of ancient Greek society based in large part on the author's ground-breaking interpretation of the Iliad and Odyssey. (GRE76, $14.95)

The World of the Ancient Greeks

The World of the Ancient Greeks


by John Camp | Elizabeth Fisher

  • HISTORY
  • 2010
  • PAPER
  • 224 PAGES

Featuring hundreds of illustrations and invitingly short chapters on topics from the first Greeks to the Heroic Age and classical Athens. With modern color photographs of great Greek cities from Athens and Delphi to Knossos, Ephesus, Pergamum and Priene. (GRE365, $24.95)

Greece, Land of Light

Greece, Land of Light


by Nicholas Gage | Barry Brukoff

  • ART & ARCHITECTURE
  • 2004
  • PAPER
  • 160 PAGES

Brukoff's dramatic color photographs are paired with incisive commentary by award-winning author Nicholas Gage for this striking portrait of the people, land and history of Greece and the islands. (GRE489, $24.99)

Dinner with Persephone

Dinner with Persephone


by Patricia Storace

  • TRAVEL NARRATIVE
  • 1997
  • PAPER
  • 398 PAGES

The pleasures and complexities of contemporary Greece, marvelously described by an American poet spending a year there. Storace intertwines her own perceptions with the history of the country and the influence of pop culture on the classical landscape. (GRE28, $18.00)

Evia, Travels on an Undiscovered Greek Island

Evia, Travels on an Undiscovered Greek Island


by Sara Wheeler

  • TRAVEL NARRATIVE
  • 2007
  • PAPER
  • 304 PAGES

Wheeler depicts the vanishing cultures and traditions of rural Greece in this warm account of her travels among the people of Evia. Known as Euboia in classical history and Negroponte for many centuries, the island (GRE466, $19.00)

The Colossus of Maroussi

The Colossus of Maroussi


by Henry Miller

  • TRAVEL NARRATIVE
  • 2010
  • PAPER
  • 223 PAGES
  • FAVORITE

Miller captures the spirit and warmth of the resilient Greek people in this inspired tale of a wartime journey from Athens to Crete, Corfu and Delphi with his friend Lawrence Durrell. (GRE05, $14.95)

Why Homer Matters

Why Homer Matters


by Adam Nicolson

  • TRAVEL NARRATIVE
  • 2014
  • HARD COVER
  • 320 PAGES

Washing up on the shores of Sicily, Ithaca and Andalusia (he even makes it as far as Chernobyl), Adam Nicolson explores the lost literary (and actual) settings of Homer's poems, rescuing them from the hands of bored undergraduates and using them as a travel guide. (MED210, $30.00)

Corelli's Mandolin

Corelli's Mandolin


by Louis De Bernieres

  • LITERATURE
  • 1995
  • PAPER
  • 448 PAGES

This lyrical novel captures the humanity, quirks and loves of village life in the Greek islands. A satire of war, this charming and richly-colored novel is set on Cephallonia during the Italian occupation in the 1940s. (GRE51, $15.95)

No Man's Lands, One Man's Odyssey Through the Odyssey

No Man's Lands, One Man's Odyssey Through the Odyssey


by Scott Huler

  • LITERATURE
  • 2010
  • PAPER
  • 304 PAGES

Middle-aged everyman and NPR commentator Huler draws lessons from the twists and turns of the life of Odysseus in this hilarious account of a whirlwind, six-month Mediterranean journey from Troy to Ithaca. (MED127, $14.00)

The Greek Myths, Complete Edition

The Greek Myths, Complete Edition


by Robert Graves

  • LITERATURE
  • 2012
  • PAPER
  • 800 PAGES

A new edition of Graves' classic collection with a cover by comic book artist Ross MacDonald. This expert retelling by Graves, a poet, memoirist and the author of I, Claudius (ITL429), still remains the seminal modern translation of the mythologies of Ancient Greece. (GRE274, $26.00)

The King Must Die

The King Must Die


by Mary Renault

  • LITERATURE
  • 1988
  • PAPER
  • 330 PAGES

The first in Mary Renault's trilogy of well-researched page-turners features the tale of Theseus, slayer of the Minotaur and the king of Athens. Known for her exhaustive research, Renault is an acknowledged master of historical fiction. (GRE23, $15.95)

The Odyssey of Homer

The Odyssey of Homer


by Homer | Richmond Lattimore

  • LITERATURE
  • 2007
  • PAPER
  • 400 PAGES

The classic edition of Homer's Odyssey, masterfully translated by Richmond Lattimore. (GRE204, $14.99)

The Songs of the Kings

The Songs of the Kings


by Barry Unsworth

  • LITERATURE
  • 2004
  • PAPER
  • 342 PAGES

Unsworth's sly novel, set in 1260 B.C. as scheming Odysseus prepares to plunder Troy. A familiar story enhanced by Unsworth's mix of classic cadence, contemporary language, ripe humor and pulled-from-the-headlines satire. (GRE185, $13.95)

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