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The Mediterranean in History

The Mediterranean in History

by David Abulafia

  • HISTORY
  • 2011
  • PAPER
  • 320 PAGES

A professor at Cambridge, Abulafia leads a team of eight historians in this engaging overview of the civilizations and societies affected by the great sea at the heart of Europe. Published in conjunction with the J. Paul Getty Museum, the book features 150 color and 150 black-and-white illustrations. (MED79, $29.95)

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)

On the Shores of the Mediterranean

On the Shores of the Mediterranean

by Eric Newby

  • TRAVEL NARRATIVE
  • 2011
  • PAPER
  • 448 PAGES

A sparkling observer and famously entertaining, Newby tackles the Mediterranean in this merry classic account of travels to North Africa, Italy, Greece, Turkey, Cairo and Jerusalem. (MED25, $18.95)

Mediterranean by Cruise Ship

Mediterranean by Cruise Ship

by Anne Vipond

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2013
  • PAPER
  • 368 PAGES

The best-selling, compact guide, featuring excellent local maps, hundreds of color photographs, concise background information and recommended excursions for ports-of-call throughout the Mediterranean. (MED34, $21.95)

Mediterranean Cruises Map

Mediterranean Cruises Map

by Freytag & Berndt

  • 2010
  • MAP

A double-sided, full-color map of the Mediterranean, including the Iberian Peninsula, the Black Sea, North Africa and the Levant, at a scale of 1:2,000,000. (MED36, $14.95)

 
Bradt Guide North Africa

Bradt Guide North Africa


by Ethel Davis

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2009
  • PAPER
  • 336 PAGES

This practical, informative guide brings to life the ancient Roman heritage of modern-day Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia and Libya. (NAF68, $25.99)

Lonely Planet Malta & Gozo

Lonely Planet Malta & Gozo


by Neil Wilson

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2013
  • PAPER
  • 184 PAGES

A compact, comprehensive guide to Malta, featuring maps, a good overview of culture, history and nature and plenty of practical information on excursions, accommodations and sightseeing. (MLT09, $17.99)

Beyond the Edge of the Sea

Beyond the Edge of the Sea


by Mauricio Obregon

  • HISTORY
  • 2002
  • PAPER
  • 132 PAGES

The adventures of Jason and the Argonauts, Ulysses and other explorers of the ancient world are recreated in this personal account of ships, navigation and geographical discovery. (MED50, $15.00)

Empires of the Sea

Empires of the Sea


by Roger Crowley

  • HISTORY
  • 2009
  • PAPER
  • 336 PAGES

Crowley vividly reconstructs the epic clash between the Ottoman Empire and Christendom for the control of the Mediterranean -- and the soul of 16th-century Europe -- in this thrilling account of dramatic battles and brutality, rival faiths and larger-than-life personalities. (MED146, $16.00)

Full Steam Ahead, A Golden Age of Cruises

Full Steam Ahead, A Golden Age of Cruises


by Boris Danzer-kantof

  • HISTORY
  • 2014
  • HARD COVER
  • 192 PAGES

With photographs, archival reprints and firsthand accounts, this coffee-table history of cruising focuses on the freedom and romance of cruise vessels in their golden age. (TVL589, $44.95)

Olive, A Global History

Olive, A Global History


by Fabrizia Lanza

  • HISTORY
  • 2011
  • HARD COVER
  • 128 PAGES

Lanza provides an engaging, potted history of the modest fruit. The author explains the olive's use in cooking and ritual and its appearance in art, from Greek myth to Shakespeare's Twelfth Night. Also includes a selection of recipes. (MED183, $17.00)

The Great Sea

The Great Sea


by David Abulafia

  • HISTORY
  • 2013
  • PAPER
  • 783 PAGES

With an eye for telling detail and anecdote, Abulafia traces the sweep of Mediterranean history from the time of Troy to the mid-19th century, populating his tale with vivid personalities. (MED179, $24.95)

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 Histories

The Histories


by Herodotus

  • HISTORY
  • 2014
  • HARD COVER
  • 880 PAGES

In this page-turning new translation, award-winning historian Tom Holland vividly captures the histories of Herodotus as the ancient writer chronicles all the stuff of epic drama. (MED205, $40.00)

The Middle Sea

The Middle Sea


by John Julius Norwich

  • HISTORY
  • 2007
  • PAPER
  • 720 PAGES

A marvelous writer who has already written on Byzantium, Venice and the Sahara, Norwich spins his magic in this story of culture, trade and politics, royalty and rulers, wars and religion in the Mediterranean. (MED98, $21.00)

Sites of Antiquity, From Ancient Egypt to the Fall of Rome

Sites of Antiquity, From Ancient Egypt to the Fall of Rome


by Charles Freeman

  • ARCHAEOLOGY
  • 2009
  • HARD COVER
  • 248 PAGES

Enticing aerial shots, detailed site plans, glorious modern photographs and illustrations illuminate 50 key monuments, cities or sites of the Mediterranean world, from Giza, Luxor and Karnak to the Parthenon, Ephesus, Pergamon, Petra and Constantinople. (MED150, $50.00)

A Year in the World, Journeys of a Passionate Traveler

A Year in the World, Journeys of a Passionate Traveler


by Frances Mayes

  • TRAVEL NARRATIVE
  • 2007
  • PAPER
  • 420 PAGES

A warm account of mostly Mediterranean travels -- Spain, Portugal, Greece, Sicily, Capri, Sardinia, the Turkish Coast, Naples, Burgundy, Scotland -- arranged by season. (TVL109, $15.00)

Homer's Mediterranean, A Travel Companion

Homer's Mediterranean, A Travel Companion


by Wolfgang Geisthovel | Anthea Bell

  • TRAVEL NARRATIVE
  • 2010
  • HARD COVER
  • 224 PAGES

Geisthovel retraces the voyages of the Odyssey and places that may have inspired Homer, traveling through Greece and Turkey, Tunisia, Malta and Italy on a grand circle from Troy to Ithaca. (MED161, $19.95)

Pillars of Hercules

Pillars of Hercules


by Paul Theroux

  • TRAVEL NARRATIVE
  • 1996
  • PAPER
  • 509 PAGES

Theroux seems to have had an exceptionally good time on his tour of the Mediterranean, circling the celebrated sea on foot, horseback, train and boat from Gibraltar to North Africa. (MED20, $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 Glorious Adventure

The Glorious Adventure


by Richard Halliburton | Tahir Shah

  • TRAVEL NARRATIVE
  • 2011
  • PAPER
  • 232 PAGES

Halliburton and companions follow in the wake of Odysseus from fallen Troy to Ithaca in this rollicking account of adventures in the Mediterranean, originally published in 1927. (MED181, $18.00)

The Way of Herodotus, Travels with the Man Who Invented History

The Way of Herodotus, Travels with the Man Who Invented History


by Justin Marozzi

  • TRAVEL NARRATIVE
  • 2010
  • PAPER
  • 400 PAGES

A Penguin Classics edition of The Histories in hand, Marozzi journeys from Herodotus' home town of Helicarnassus, now known as Bodrum, to Baghdad, Babylon, Egypt and Athens, weaving tales of his hero with erudite and entertaining modern travel. (MED138, $16.95)

Ironfire, A Novel of the Knights of Malta and the Last Battle of the Crusades

Ironfire, A Novel of the Knights of Malta and the Last Battle of the Crusades


by David Ball

  • LITERATURE
  • 2005
  • PAPER
  • 688 PAGES

In this rousing historical novel the fates of a young boy, his sister, one of the Knights of Malta and an inquisitor play out against the backdrop of the 16th-century Ottoman assault on Malta, the formidable citadel of the Knights of St. John. (MLT18, $15.00)

Mediterranean Passages, Readings from Dido to Derrida

Mediterranean Passages, Readings from Dido to Derrida


by Grant Parker | Miriam Cooke | Erdag Goknar

  • ANTHOLOGY
  • 2008
  • PAPER
  • 416 PAGES

This compendium highlights 3,000 years of cultural exchange around the Mediterranean. With an assortment of maps, architectural drawings, photographs, paintings and historical and literary texts, it brings antiquity into conversation with the present. (MED139, $32.50)

The Songs of the Kings

The Songs of the Kings


by Barry Unsworth

  • LITERATURE
  • 2004
  • PAPER
  • 342 PAGES

Unsworth's sly novel, set in 1260 B.C. as scheming Odysseus prepares to plunder Troy. A familiar story enhanced by Unsworth's mix of classic cadence, contemporary language, ripe humor and pulled-from-the-headlines satire. (GRE185, $13.95)

Treason's Harbour

Treason's Harbour


by Patrick O'Brian

  • LITERATURE
  • 1992
  • PAPER
  • 334 PAGES

Stephen Maturin, Jack Aubrey and the crew of the H.M.S. Surprise contend with pirates and Napoleon's spies in this splendid novel set on and around Malta. (MLT16, $15.95)

Plant Life in the World's Mediterranean Climates

Plant Life in the World's Mediterranean Climates


by Paul Dallman

  • NATURAL HISTORY
  • 1998
  • PAPER
  • 210 PAGES

Richly illustrated, clearly written and engaging, this book is an ecological overview of the landscapes, plants and vegetation types found in Mediterranean climates. (MED21, $38.95)

The Nature of Mediterranean Europe, An Ecological History

The Nature of Mediterranean Europe, An Ecological History


by A.T. Grove | Oliver Rackham

  • NATURAL HISTORY
  • 2003
  • PAPER
  • 384 PAGES

The authors -- a geographer and botanist -- trace ecological change in the Mediterranean from prehistory to present in 20 beautifully illustrated chapters. With 345 color photographs, along with charts, graphs and black-and-white illustrations. (MED81, $50.00)

Birds of the Mediterranean, A Photographic Guide

Birds of the Mediterranean, A Photographic Guide


by Paul Sterry

  • FIELD GUIDE
  • 2003
  • PAPER
  • 192 PAGES

A slim, concise and clearly organized guide to 440 species of birds from the Mediterranean. Range maps and descriptions are opposite good, clear color photographs, digitally enhanced to aid in identification. (MED82, $30.00)

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