Athens & the Peloponnese   |   READING AND TRAVEL GUIDE

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Essential Books These 4 items are available for $79, including
U.S. shipping, a 15% discount (Item no. EXGRE368)
The Greeks, An Illustrated History  •  Diane Harris Cline
HISTORY •  2016 •  HARD COVER  • 224 PAGES
This accessible photographic history of ancient Greece pays special attention to Greek innovations: great literature and architecture, war tactics, democracy, the Olympics, the philosophy of Socrates and much more. Cline laces the gripping story of the Greek Empire with discoveries like the Uluburun shipwreck, the earliest writing found in Europe and buried Greek palaces. A well-illustrated tribute to the foundations of Western civilization. (GRE619, $30.00)
  The Greeks, An Illustrated History
The Parthenon  •  Mary Beard
Cambridge University classicist Beard brings the Parthenon to life in this lively tale of the construction, significance and uses of the 2,500-year-old Athenian marvel that became, among other things, cathedral, mosque and cultural icon. With 24 black-and-white photographs, a few illustrations, site and building diagrams and a map. The book is both an introduction to the ancient Greeks and an engaging guide to the Parthenon. She opens with a chapter "Why the Parthenon Might make You Cry." A volume in the Harvard University Press series, Wonders of the World. (GRE195, $17.50)
  The Parthenon
Eyewitness Guide Greece, Athens and the Mainland  •  Eyewitness Guides
GUIDEBOOK •  2015 •  PAPER  • 352 PAGES
This superb guide features color photography, dozens of excellent local maps and a region-by-region synopsis of the country's attractions. Handsome, convenient and up-to-date, this is the guide to carry. (GRE38, $25.00)
  Eyewitness Guide Greece, Athens and the Mainland
Greece Map  •  Michelin
2013 •  MAP
A colorful shaded map of Greece, the Greek Islands and the western coast of Turkey at a scale of 1:800,000. Two Sides. 49x41 inches. (GRE24, $12.95)
  Greece Map

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Athens Map  •  Borch Maps    •  An excellent laminated map of the city center at a scale of 1:7,500 with inset maps of the Acropolis, Epidaurus, Mycenae, Attica and the surrounding region. (GRE311, $9.95)
Greek, A Language Map  •  Kristine K. Kershul   • LANGUAGE & PHRASEBOOKS  •  This durable, foldout card gives easy phonetic pronunciation for several hundred of the most commonly needed words and phrases. (GRE241, $9.95)
Wallpaper City Guide Athens  •  Angela Stamatiadou   • GUIDEBOOK  •  A stylish, thin (it fits in your back pocket) city guide compiled by the design magazine Wallpaper's local reporters. Well-organized, with chapter tabs, many photographs and of-the-moment recommendations. (GRE568, $9.95)
Greece, The Cookbook  •  Vefa Alexiadou   • FOOD • COMING IN MARCH  •  The bible of modern Greek cuisine. Alexiadou's Greek specialties combine simple ingredients like olive oil, bread, wine, figs, grapes and cheese into hundreds of healthy and delicious recipes. Her lush collection is filled with 230 color photographs and snippets of Greek history and culture. (GRE643, $49.95)
A Traveller's History of Athens  •  Richard Stoneman   • HISTORY  •  A brief history of Athens through the 1990's -- wide-ranging, accessible and effectively condensed. With a useful chronology and historical gazetteer, this book marches confidently through the centuries. (GRE291, $14.95)
Athens  •  James H. S. McGregor   • HISTORY  •  A journey through Athenian history, from its days as a powerful city-state to the modern age. (GRE552, $29.95)
Mycenae, From Myth to History  •  Robert McCabe  •  Athina Cacouri   • HISTORY  •  With contributions from archaeologists who worked on the Mycenae site, this lively history delves into the mystery and legend surrounding the civilization that flourished 800 years before the classical Greeks then vanished into legend. (GRE627, $39.95)
Sailing the Wine-Dark Sea, Why the Greeks Matter  •  Thomas Cahill   • HISTORY  •  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 Guide to Modern Life  •  Natalie Haynes   • HISTORY  •  In this light-hearted frolic through antiquity, Haynes considers modern life from the point of view of the ancients, musing on such questions as what Athenian democracy might teach present politics and the impact of Greek and Roman drama, literature and philosophy on the contemporary world. (MED195, $15.00)
The Ancient Olympics, A History  •  Nigel Spivey   • HISTORY  •  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  •  Robin Lane Fox   • HISTORY  •  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 Naked Olympics, The True Story of the Ancient Games  •  Tony Perrottet   • HISTORY  •  Perrottet covers the history of the games with frank humor and the immediacy of sports writing in this entertaining account of the Olympics. (GRE196, $17.00)
The Penguin Historical Atlas of Ancient Greece  •  Robert Morkot   • HISTORY  •  This pictorial survey of Greek antiquity, recording its culture and expansion, features dozens of full-color maps. (GRE125, $21.00)
The Rise of Athens, The Story of the World's Greatest Civilization  •  Anthony Everitt   • HISTORY  •  Anthony Everitt (The Rise of Rome, ITA335) shifts his focus to the world of the ancient Greeks in this expansive history. The accessible book covers the ideological and physical foundations of Athens that laid the groundwork for the Greeks' prodigious accomplishments. (GRE633, $35.00)
The Tomb of Agamemnon  •  Cathy Gere  •  Mary Beard   • HISTORY  •  A brief, enlightening guide to the archaeological site (a fortified hill in the Peloponnese at Mycenae), its history and current scholarship on the Bronze Age. (GRE252, $15.50)
The World of the Ancient Greeks  •  John Camp  •  Elizabeth Fisher   • HISTORY  •  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)
A Visitor's Guide to the Ancient Olympics  •  Neil Faulkner   • ARCHAEOLOGY  •  Archaeologist and historian Neil Faulkner recreates the setting and thrill of the ancient Olympic Stadium in this lively, guide to the games circa 388 B.C. (GRE502, $30.00)
Ancient Greece: Art, Architecture, and History  •  Marina Belozerskaya  •  Kenneth Lapatin   • ARCHAEOLOGY  •  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)
The Oracle, Ancient Delphi and the Science Behind Its Lost Secrets  •  William J. Broad   • ARCHAEOLOGY  •  A gripping modern-day detective story about the scientific quest to understand the Oracle of Delphi. (GRE329, $17.00)
The Parthenon Enigma  •  Joan Breton Connelly   • ART & ARCHITECTURE  •  Connelly's exciting history explains the Parthenon as a symbol of Athens and of Western democracy. As a recent New York Times book reviewer noted, "her book is a rare thing: the exposition of a truly great idea." (GRE558, $35.00)
Greece, A Traveler's Literary Companion  •  Artemis Leontis   • ANTHOLOGY  •  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)
Greek Mythology, A Traveler's Guide  •  David Stuttard   • LITERATURE  •  This informative, literary traveler's guide introduces Greek mythology geographically through 22 chapters dedicated to specific destinations, from Mount Olympus and Delos to Athens and Mycenae, illustrated with beautiful color drawings. (GRE616, $24.95)
The Greek Myths, Complete Edition  •  Robert Graves   • LITERATURE  •  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 Messenger of Athens  •  Anne Zouroudi   • MYSTERY  •  This first book in the Mysteries of the Greek Detective series has at its heart the sin of lust. Zouroudi weaves excitement and mythology together with the realities of everyday small-island life. (GRE458, $23.99)     (800) 342-2164      2838 Vicksburg Lane N    Plymouth, MN 55447