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Journey to the Lands of Gods and Heroes

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The Middle Sea

The Middle Sea

by John Julius Norwich

  • HISTORY
  • 2007
  • PAPER
  • 720 PAGES

A marvelous writer who has already written on Byzantium, Venice and the Sahara, Norwich spins his magic in this story of culture, trade and politics, royalty and rulers, wars and religion in the Mediterranean. (MED98, $21.00)

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)

Greek Gods and Heroes

Greek Gods and Heroes

by Robert Graves

  • LITERATURE
  • 1965
  • PAPER
  • 224 PAGES
  • MIDDLE READERS (Age 9-12)

Graves recounts the glorious days when gods and goddesses who dwelt on Mount Olympus ruled over the mortal world below and fabled heroes performed mighty deeds of valor in this classic collection for young explorers and their families. (GRE361, $5.99)

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)

Mediterranean Explorer Map

Mediterranean Explorer Map

by Ocean Explorer Maps

  • 2006
  • MAP

This handy color map of the Mediterranean from Spain to the Black Sea and the Levant puts ancient sites and historic ports into context. With notable people, a timeline and descriptions of dozens of places. (MED89, $11.95)

 
Mediterranean by Cruise Ship

Mediterranean by Cruise Ship


by Anne Vipond

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2013
  • PAPER
  • 368 PAGES

The best-selling, compact guide, featuring excellent local maps, hundreds of color photographs, concise background information and recommended excursions for ports-of-call throughout the Mediterranean. (MED34, $21.95)

Pocket Rough Guide Athens

Pocket Rough Guide Athens


by John Fisher

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2011
  • PAPER
  • 176 PAGES
  • CURRENTLY UNAVAILABLE

By the savvy editors at Rough Guide, these just-right guides are bundled with a pullout map. (GRE476, $12.99)

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)

The Ancient Mediterranean

The Ancient Mediterranean


by Michael Grant

  • CULTURAL PORTRAIT
  • 1990
  • PAPER
  • 374 PAGES

Grant, a well-known classical scholar, provides this comprehensive history of the peoples and cultures of the Mediterranean, including Egypt, Israel, Crete, Greece, the Roman states and many others. A very well-researched account of Western history's roots. (MED10, $20.00)

The Ancient Olympics, A History

The Ancient Olympics, A History


by Nigel Spivey

  • HISTORY
  • 2012
  • PAPER
  • 304 PAGES

A colorful look at the ancient Olympic games as they really were--brutal, fierce and deadly. Spivey, a wonderful popular writer and classicist at Cambridge, offers a vivid history of Greek athletic contests, not just the Olympian but also the Pythian at Delphi, Isthmian at Corinth and Nemean at Argos. (GRE206, $19.99)

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 Mediterranean in History

The Mediterranean in History


by David Abulafia

  • HISTORY
  • 2011
  • PAPER
  • 320 PAGES

A professor at Cambridge, Abulafia leads a team of eight historians in this engaging overview of the civilizations and societies affected by the great sea at the heart of Europe. Published in conjunction with the J. Paul Getty Museum, the book features 150 color and 150 black-and-white illustrations. (MED79, $29.95)

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)

Ancient Greece: From Prehistoric to Hellenistic Times


by Thomas R. Martin

  • ART & ARCHITECTURE
  • 2000
  • PAPER
  • 254 PAGES

An introduction to Greek history, culture and politics from prehistory to 30 B.C. (GRE212, $16.95)

St. Paul's Ephesus, Texts and Archaeology

St. Paul's Ephesus, Texts and Archaeology


by Jerome Murphy O'Connor

  • ARCHAEOLOGY
  • 2008
  • PAPER
  • 289 PAGES

Jerome Murphy-O'Connor transports us back to the ancient city of Ephesus during its heyday, including contemporary accounts from Roman to biblical times and featuring a guided walk through the city as a center of Paul's teachings. (TKY226, $29.95)

The Parthenon

The Parthenon


by Mary Beard

  • ART & ARCHITECTURE
  • 2010
  • PAPER
  • 204 PAGES

A lively tale of the construction, significance and uses of the 2,500-year-old architectural marvel. (GRE195, $16.50)

The Search for Ancient Greece

The Search for Ancient Greece


by Roland Etienne | Francoise Etienne

  • ARCHAEOLOGY
  • 1992
  • PAPER
  • 175 PAGES

Lavishly illustrated, this pocket encyclopedia covers the archaeology and meaning of ancient Greece -- quite an accomplishment for such a slim book. (GRE01, $15.95)

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)

Turkish Reflections, A Biography of a Place

Turkish Reflections, A Biography of a Place


by Mary Lee Settle

  • TRAVEL NARRATIVE
  • 1991
  • PAPER
  • 253 PAGES

Settle's captivating travelogue is a richly detailed portrait of contemporary Turkey, its people, monasteries, myths, archaeological treasures and living traditions. Exemplary. (TKY08, $16.99)

A Literary Companion to Travel in Greece

A Literary Companion to Travel in Greece


by Richard Stoneman

  • LITERATURE
  • 1994
  • PAPER
  • 347 PAGES

Poetry, prose and literature over the ages, arranged geographically with an excellent introduction and commentary. Stoneman artfully weaves together hundreds of short excerpts. (GRE06, $19.95)

Odysseus, A Life

Odysseus, A Life


by Charles Rowan Beye

  • LITERATURE
  • 2005
  • PAPER
  • 197 PAGES

A chronicle of the life of Homer's Odysseus by a classicist with a wry sense of humor. Beye draws on recent scholarship, literature and archaeology in constructing this clever "biography" of the cunning wanderer. (GRE191, $18.99)

The Iliad

The Iliad


by Homer | Robert Fagles

  • LITERATURE
  • 2002
  • PAPER
  • 704 PAGES

The bard's tale of the Trojan War in all its fury and glory, this wonderful translation brings all the power of the original to English. (GRE173, $18.00)

The Leopard

The Leopard


by Giuseppe Di Lampedusa

  • LITERATURE
  • 2007
  • PAPER
  • 384 PAGES
  • FAVORITE

Evoking a lost world of privilege and tradition, Giuseppe Di Lampedusa's memorable tale, set on a rural Sicilian estate during the days of independence, follows the world-weary Don Fabrizio, Prince of Salina. A classic, now in a 50th anniversary edition. (ITL11, $16.00)

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