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City Explorers: Athens and Aegina

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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)

Eyewitness Guide Greece, Athens and the Mainland

Eyewitness Guide Greece, Athens and the Mainland

by Eyewitness Guides

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2013
  • PAPER
  • 354 PAGES

This superb guide features color photography, dozens of excellent local maps and a region-by-region synopsis of the country's attractions. (GRE38, $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)

 
Athens Map

Athens Map


by Borch Maps

  • 2007
  • MAP

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, $8.95)

Wallpaper City Guide Athens

Wallpaper City Guide Athens


by Angela Stamatiadou

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2011
  • PAPER
  • 128 PAGES

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)

A Traveller's History of Athens

A Traveller's History of Athens


by Richard Stoneman

  • HISTORY
  • 2004
  • PAPER
  • 370 PAGES

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)

Ancient Greek Athletics

Ancient Greek Athletics


by Stephen G. Miller

  • HISTORY
  • 2006
  • PAPER
  • 288 PAGES

A survey of the Olympic Games and related festivals at Delphi, Isthmia and Nemea. (GRE330, $30.00)

Athens

Athens


by James H. S. McGregor

  • HISTORY
  • 2014
  • HARD COVER
  • 256 PAGES

An erudite journey through Athenian history, from its famed days as a powerful city-state to the modern age. (GRE552, $29.95)

Parthenon

Parthenon


by Lynn Curlee

  • HISTORY
  • 2011
  • HARD COVER
  • 34 PAGES
  • MIDDLE READERS (Age 9-12)

This splendid introduction to the Parthenon, its design, construction and history features Lynn Curlee's detailed illustrations, many full-page. Geared to grades 5-8. (GRE264, $19.99)

The Ancient Guide to Modern Life

The Ancient Guide to Modern Life


by Natalie Haynes

  • HISTORY
  • 2012
  • PAPER
  • 288 PAGES

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

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 Naked Olympics, The True Story of the Ancient Games

The Naked Olympics, The True Story of the Ancient Games


by Tony Perrottet

  • HISTORY
  • 2004
  • PAPER
  • 214 PAGES

Perrottet covers the history of the games with frank humor and the immediacy of sports writing in this entertaining account of the Olympics. (GRE196, $16.00)

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 Tomb of Agamemnon

The Tomb of Agamemnon


by Cathy Gere | Mary Beard

  • HISTORY
  • 2012
  • PAPER
  • 208 PAGES

An enlightening brief guide to the archaeological site (a fortified hill in the Peloponnese at Mycenae), its history and current scholarship on the Bronze Age. (GRE252, $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)

A Visitor's Guide to the Ancient Olympics

A Visitor's Guide to the Ancient Olympics


by Neil Faulkner

  • ARCHAEOLOGY
  • 2012
  • PAPER
  • 272 PAGES

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

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)

The Oracle, Ancient Delphi and the Science Behind Its Lost Secrets

The Oracle, Ancient Delphi and the Science Behind Its Lost Secrets


by William J. Broad

  • ARCHAEOLOGY
  • 2007
  • PAPER
  • 320 PAGES

A gripping modern-day detective story about the scientific quest to understand the Oracle of Delphi. (GRE329, $17.00)

The Parthenon Enigma

The Parthenon Enigma


by Joan Breton Connelly

  • ART & ARCHITECTURE
  • 2014
  • HARD COVER
  • 485 PAGES

Connelly's exciting history writes about 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)

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 illustrated by the 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, $25.00)

The Messenger of Athens

The Messenger of Athens


by Anne Zouroudi

  • MYSTERY
  • 2010
  • PAPER
  • 324 PAGES

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)

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