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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)

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)

Eyewitness Guide Greek Islands

Eyewitness Guide Greek Islands

by Eyewitness Guides

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2015
  • PAPER
  • 400 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

  • 2013
  • MAP

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)

 
Complete Greek

Complete Greek


by Living Language

  • LANGUAGE & PHRASEBOOKS
  • 2013
  • BOXED

Designed to teach language fluency, this 46-lesson program includes CDs, course books and online resources. (GRE530, $49.95)

DK Eyewitness Top Ten Athens

DK Eyewitness Top Ten Athens


by Eyewitness Guides

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2014
  • PAPER
  • 160 PAGES

A compact illustrated guide in the popular series, featuring favorite attractions, events, restaurants, shops and excursions in Athens. (GRE219, $14.00)

Lonely Planet Greek Phrasebook

Lonely Planet Greek Phrasebook


by Markella Mikkelsen | Markella A. Callimassia

  • LANGUAGE & PHRASEBOOKS
  • 2016
  • PAPER
  • 256 PAGES

A handy phrasebook for Greek basics. This guide focuses on pronunciation, basic grammar and essential vocabulary for the traveler. (GRE100, $9.99)

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 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 Greeks, An Illustrated History

The Greeks, An Illustrated History


by Diane Harris Cline

  • HISTORY
  • 2016
  • HARD COVER
  • 224 PAGES
  • COMING IN MAY

This accessible photographic history of ancient Greece pays special attention to Greek innovations: great literature and architecture, war tactics, democracy, the Olympics, Socrates and much more. Cline laces the gripping story of the Greek empire with archaeological discoveries. (GRE619, $30.00)

The Histories

The Histories


by Herodotus

  • HISTORY
  • 1994
  • PAPER
  • 656 PAGES

In what may be the first travel book, Herodotus records the heroic struggle between Europe and Asia that culminated in the invasion of Greece by Xerxes. (MED15, $13.00)

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)

Aegean Art and Architecture

Aegean Art and Architecture


by Donald Preziosi | Louise Hitchcock

  • ART & ARCHITECTURE
  • 2000
  • PAPER
  • 275 PAGES

An illustrated survey of Minoan and Mycenean art from the Neolithic to the extraordinary Bronze Age palaces of Knossos, Gournia and Phaistos. Great for any archaeology-minded traveler. (GRE113, $27.95)

The Complete Greek Temples

The Complete Greek Temples


by Tony Spawforth

  • ART & ARCHITECTURE
  • 2006
  • HARD COVER
  • 240 PAGES

A sourcebook, gazetteer and illustrated overview ancient Greek temples throughout the Mediterranean. (MED97, $40.00)

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, $17.50)

The Sites of Ancient Greece

The Sites of Ancient Greece


by Georg Gerster

  • ARCHAEOLOGY
  • 2012
  • HARD COVER
  • 160 PAGES

Taken between 1996 and 2006, these aerial photographs are a gods' eye view of Greece and includes famous sites like Mount Olympus, the Acropolis and the northern mainland isle of Crete. Includes a preface by the photographer. (GRE615, $69.95)

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)

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

  • TRAVEL NARRATIVE
  • 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)

Reflections on a Marine Venus

Reflections on a Marine Venus


by Lawrence Durrell

  • TRAVEL NARRATIVE
  • 2009
  • PAPER
  • 198 PAGES

The great novelist writes of the warmth of the people and the intoxicating beauty of Rhodes in this classic ode, originally published in 1953. Also out in new editions are Durrell's books on Corfu (GRE48), Cyprus (MED13) and Sicily (ITL08). (GRE29, $12.00)

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)

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, $19.00)

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

The Odyssey


by Homer | Robert Fagles

  • LITERATURE
  • 2006
  • PAPER
  • 541 PAGES

The blind bard's epic in a translation celebrated for its clarity and expressiveness. Take it along for a voyage in Homeric lands and waters. (GRE45, $17.00)

Complete Mediterranean Wildlife

Complete Mediterranean Wildlife


by Paul Sterry

  • FIELD GUIDE
  • 2000
  • PAPER
  • 384 PAGES

An illustrated survey of the plants, animals, birds, insects, marine mammals and other wildlife of the Mediterranean region, useful as a field guide. (MED49, $29.99)

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