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SMITHSONIAN JOURNEYS

Treasures of the Dalmatian Coast and Ancient Greece, Venice to Athens

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The Venetian Empire, A Sea Voyage

The Venetian Empire, A Sea Voyage

by Jan Morris

  • TRAVEL NARRATIVE
  • 1990
  • PAPER
  • 200 PAGES

Morris reconstructs the whole of the glittering dominion of the Venetian Republic in this evocative account of a journey by sea along historic trade routes to the Adriatic and beyond. (ITL70, $24.95)

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)

Eyewitness Guide Croatia

Eyewitness Guide Croatia

by Eyewitness Guides

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2013
  • PAPER
  • 296 PAGES
  • BEST SELLER

Gorgeously illustrated and filled with excellent maps, this compact book offers a thorough overview of Croatia's history, traditions, cultures and sights. (BLK39, $23.00)

National Geographic Greece

National Geographic Greece

by Mike Gerrard

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2014
  • PAPER
  • 400 PAGES

This abundantly illustrated guide to Greece and the Greek Islands includes insightful essays on history, art and culture and practical travel details. Third edition. (GRE178, $27.95)

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)

 
Eyewitness Guide Greek Islands

Eyewitness Guide Greek Islands


by Eyewitness Guides

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2013
  • PAPER
  • 408 PAGES
  • BEST SELLER

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)

Fodor's Venice's 25 Best

Fodor's Venice's 25 Best


by Citypack

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2012
  • PAPER
  • 176 PAGES

This shirt-pocket guide includes an excellent map of the city center and essential information. (ITL106, $12.99)

Visible Cities Dubrovnik

Visible Cities Dubrovnik


by Annabel Barber

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2006
  • PAPER
  • 199 PAGES

An informative, personable guide to exploring the city and surroundings, featuring a good overview of the history of Dubrovnik, suggested walking tours, a map of the city center and practical advice on where to go and what to do. (BLK40, $24.95)

A History of Venice

A History of Venice


by John Julius Norwich

  • HISTORY
  • 1989
  • PAPER
  • 673 PAGES

The great historian Norwich marshals myriad personalities, battles, sieges and facts into a vivid portrait of the Venetian Republic spanning the 1,000 years up to its 1797 defeat at the hands of Napoleon. (ITL177, $26.00)

A Traveller's History of Croatia

A Traveller's History of Croatia


by Benjamin Curtis

  • HISTORY
  • 2010
  • PAPER
  • 274 PAGES

Curtis untangles with alacrity the complex history of this nation at the crossroads of Europe. (BLK155, $14.95)

City of Fortune, How Venice Ruled the Seas

City of Fortune, How Venice Ruled the Seas


by Roger Crowley

  • HISTORY
  • 2013
  • PAPER
  • 400 PAGES

Crowley spins tales of three centuries of plunder and plague, imperial conquest and piracy in this riveting new history, chronicling the transformation of a tiny city of lagoon dwellers into the richest place on earth. (MED185, $18.00)

Croatia, A Nation Forged in War

Croatia, A Nation Forged in War


by Marcus Tanner

  • HISTORY
  • 2010
  • PAPER
  • 384 PAGES

A modern history of Croatia, from its medieval origins to Nazi occupation to the present day, written by the British correspondent who reported from the region during the events of 1993. (BLK23, $25.00)

Dubrovnik, A History

Dubrovnik, A History


by Robin Harris

  • HISTORY
  • 2006
  • PAPER
  • 503 PAGES

Harris, a journalist who writes frequently on the Balkans, presents a comprehensive portrait of the historically important maritime city-state in this nicely illustrated, scholarly and readable history of Dubrovnik. (BLK56, $26.95)

Life and Society in the Hittite World


by Trevor Bryce

  • HISTORY
  • 2004
  • PAPER
  • 328 PAGES

Bryce evokes the culture, society and life of the ancient Hittites in this lively, authoritative history. (MED119, $60.00)

Paradise of Cities, Venice in the 19th Century

Paradise of Cities, Venice in the 19th Century


by John Julius Norwich

  • HISTORY
  • 2004
  • PAPER
  • 336 PAGES

A portrait of Venice as seen by the 19th-century literati, mostly British. (ITL483, $16.00)

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 Balkans, A Short History

The Balkans, A Short History


by Mark Mazower

  • HISTORY
  • 2002
  • PAPER
  • 188 PAGES

With eloquence and clarity, Mazower addresses issues of geography, nationalism and nation in this indispensable survey. (BLK28, $15.00)

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, $19.99)

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)

Venice, a Maritime Republic

Venice, a Maritime Republic


by Frederic C. Lane

  • HISTORY
  • 1973
  • PAPER
  • 505 PAGES

Lane focuses on the history of trade, taking in not just on La Serenissima but also Dubrovink and the other cities of its once far-flung domain. (ITL24, $35.00)

Balkan Ghosts, A Journey through History

Balkan Ghosts, A Journey through History


by Robert D. Kaplan

  • TRAVEL NARRATIVE
  • 2005
  • PAPER
  • 307 PAGES

Kaplan interweaves history, art and culture with his travels through Yugoslavia, Bulgaria, Romania and Greece in this regional portrait. (BLK02, $17.00)

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)

The World of Venice

The World of Venice


by Jan Morris

  • TRAVEL NARRATIVE
  • 1995
  • PAPER
  • 315 PAGES
  • FAVORITE

Morris displays her talent for research, telling anecdote and well-wrought prose in this spirited portrait of a beloved city, its history and inhabitants. If you are going to read one book on Venice, we recommend this favorite. (ITL12, $18.95)

Venice Is a Fish

Venice Is a Fish


by Tiziano Scarpa

  • TRAVEL NARRATIVE
  • 2009
  • PAPER
  • 160 PAGES

The hugely popular Venetian novelist, poet and playwright makes his English-language debut with these marvelously digressive essays on the many moods and pleasures of La Serenissima. (ITL964, $12.00)

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)

A Traveller's Companion to Venice

A Traveller's Companion to Venice


by John Julius Norwich

  • ANTHOLOGY
  • 2003
  • PAPER
  • 432 PAGES

An illuminating selection, edited and introduced by the great John Julius Norwich. (ITL484, $16.95)

Croatia, Through Writers' Eyes

Croatia, Through Writers' Eyes


by Barnaby Rogerson

  • ANTHOLOGY
  • 2006
  • PAPER
  • 288 PAGES
  • OUT OF PRINT

This collection of stories, tales and travel narratives illuminates the history and culture of Croatia. Including contributions by Rebecca West, Lawrence Durrell and Fitzroy MacLean. (BLK95, $33.95)

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 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, $15.00)

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