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From the Holy Mountain, A Journey Among the Christians of the Middle East
by William Dalrymple
- 496 PAGES
In this beautifully-written hymn to Eastern Christianity, Dalrymple follows the journeys of ancient monks and scholars through the Eastern Roman Empire. Setting out from Mt. Athos, Dalrymple travels to Istanbul, eastern Turkey, Syria, Lebanon, Israel and Egypt. It's a fascinating portrait of the Middle East. He takes as his point of departure the tales of a wandering 7th-century Byzantine monk John Moschos (The Spiritual Meadow, still in print).