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Enrich your travels with reading! Here's a hand-picked list prepared for your journey in conjunction with the book experts at Longitude.

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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)

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
  • 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)

Eyewitness Guide Istanbul

Eyewitness Guide Istanbul

by Eyewitness Guides

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2014
  • PAPER
  • 280 PAGES

This superbly illustrated guide features unique cutaways, floor plans and reconstructions of major architectural sights, plus a pull-out map clearly marked with attractions and an easy-to-use street index. (TKY86, $25.00)

Greece Map

Greece Map

by Michelin

  • 2011
  • 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)

 
Eyewitness Top Ten Athens

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
  • 2013
  • PAPER
  • 256 PAGES

A handy phrasebook for Greek basics. This guide focuses on pronunciation, basic grammar and essential vocabulary for the traveler. (GRE100, $8.99)

Lonely Planet Pocket Istanbul

Lonely Planet Pocket Istanbul


by Verity Campbell

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2013
  • PAPER
  • 152 PAGES

A practical city guide to the city of Istanbul that fits in your pocket, with the top sites, the best walks, food, art, shopping, views, nightlife and more. Includes pull out city map. (TKY151, $13.99)

Lonely Planet Turkish Phrasebook

Lonely Planet Turkish Phrasebook


by Arzu Kurklu

  • LANGUAGE & PHRASEBOOKS
  • 2014
  • PAPER
  • 260 PAGES

A palm-sized handy guide to pronunciation, basic grammar and essential vocabulary for the traveler. With a 2,000-word mini-dictionary. (TKY115, $9.99)

The Western Shores of Turkey, Discovering the Aegean and Mediterranean Coasts

The Western Shores of Turkey, Discovering the Aegean and Mediterranean Coasts


by John Freely

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2004
  • PAPER
  • 403 PAGES

An excellent overview of the ancient sites of the Turkish coast from Istanbul to Gallipoli to Antioch, Pergamum, Ephesus and Halicarnassus. (TKY07, $26.00)

The Foods of the Greek Islands, Cooking and Culture at the Crossroads of the Mediterranean

The Foods of the Greek Islands, Cooking and Culture at the Crossroads of the Mediterranean


by Aglaia Kremezi

  • FOOD
  • 2000
  • HARD COVER
  • 320 PAGES

Kremezi spent eight years collecting the recipes in this cookbook. Filled with lively histories of the islands, cultural asides and stunning photographs, the book is perfect for anyone interested in Greek island life. (GRE120, $40.00)

1453, The Holy War For Constantinople and the Clash of Islam and the West

1453, The Holy War For Constantinople and the Clash of Islam and the West


by Roger Crowley

  • HISTORY
  • 2006
  • PAPER
  • 304 PAGES

In this well-paced history, Crowley recounts the dramatic events leading up to and surrounding the fall of Constantinople to the Ottoman Turks. (TKY114, $16.00)

Ancient Turkey, A Traveller's History

Ancient Turkey, A Traveller's History


by Seton Lloyd

  • HISTORY
  • 2013
  • PAPER
  • 240 PAGES

A lively tale of cultures and conquest, from the Hittites to St. Paul, that illuminates the living past of Turkey's archaeological treasures. This classic by Professor Lloyd, first director of the British Institute of Archaeology at Ankara, is now in a 25th anniversary edition. (TKY43, $29.95)

Crescent and Star

Crescent and Star


by Stephen Kinzer

  • CULTURAL PORTRAIT
  • 2008
  • PAPER
  • 265 PAGES

This insightful, anecdotal report on contemporary life, culture and politics in Turkey comes from a former New York Times Istanbul bureau chief who is especially attuned to the powerful geographic position of Turkey and its multiple identities in Europe, Asia and the Middle East. (TKY64, $17.00)

Istanbul and the Civilization of the Ottoman Empire

Istanbul and the Civilization of the Ottoman Empire


by Bernard Lewis

  • HISTORY
  • 1989
  • PAPER
  • 187 PAGES
  • FAVORITE

In this slim volume the great Islamic scholar describes the invasion of Constantinople by the Ottoman Turks on May 29, 1453, evoking the city at this pivotal moment in its long history. (TKY17, $24.95)

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 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, $12.00)

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, $20.00)

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)

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)

Greek Art

Greek Art


by Nigel Spivey

  • ART & ARCHITECTURE
  • 1997
  • PAPER
  • 448 PAGES

Geared towards art history students, this concise survey of Greek art is also an excellent overview of the subject for the traveler. Divided thematically, it covers major artists, myths and plays in addition to temple sculpture and architecture. (GRE68, $29.95)

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 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)

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)

Istanbul, Memories and the City

Istanbul, Memories and the City


by Orhan Pamuk

  • BIOGRAPHY/MEMOIR
  • 2006
  • PAPER
  • 320 PAGES

Nobel Prize-winner Orhan Pamuk writes with dazzling grace of the city of his birth, a magical place of crumbling mansions and Ottoman riches. (TKY99, $16.95)

Land of Lost Gods, The Search for Classical Greece

Land of Lost Gods, The Search for Classical Greece


by Richard Stoneman

  • TRAVEL NARRATIVE
  • 2011
  • PAPER
  • 376 PAGES

A lively account of discovery. Quoting liberally from original texts, Stoneman tells the riveting stories of Greek adventurers and scholars, including Cyriac of Ancona's quest to record the appearance of the Parthenon, Jacques Spon's quarrel with Guillet de St-Georges about the topography of Athens and the deluded forgeries of the Abbe Fourmont. (GRE462, $21.00)

Turkish Reflections, A Biography of a Place

Turkish Reflections, A Biography of a Place


by Mary Lee Settle

  • TRAVEL NARRATIVE
  • 1991
  • PAPER
  • 253 PAGES

A cross-country odyssey from the Aegean shores to the Bosporus and interior by an author and poet who lived in Bodrum 20 years before. 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)

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

In the excellent Fagles translation -- here presented in a deluxe paper edition -- Homer's Trojan epic hasn't aged a bit in the last 2,700 years. Take it along to Troy and the Aegean. (GRE173, $18.00)

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
  • 1997
  • 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, $18.00)

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