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Mediterranean

Mediterranean

The warm and wine-dark waters of the Mediterranean are a must-see for world travelers who want to sail through ancient history, enjoy the glamour and culture of places like Venice and Cinque Terre or escape to a relaxing beach. Wherever your compass is pointing, you can't go wrong with a wonderfully expansive history or Homer's classic The Odyssey.

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The Longitude Blog – Mediterranean
Greek Mythology: A Traveler's Guide
author photoGreek myths are more than just important stories; the epic tales are rooted in the Mediterranean itself. That's the philosophy of author David Stuttard whose new book Greek Mythology: A Traveler's Guide from Mount Olympus to Troy explores Greece through myth. From 'must see' cities like Athens and Ephesus to less-explored places like Ithaca, Argos and Mount Pelion, he encourages readers to bring the Greek landscape to life through story. Myths were common currency in the ancient Greek empire, Stuttard explains. They pervaded nearly all aspects of everyday life.
Lispi & Marathi Islands, Dodecanese
Kindly contributed by Harry Bucknell, author of In the Dolphin's Wake, Cocktails, Calamities and Caiques in the Greek Islands, an entertaining account of his 183-day journey across the Aegean from Venice to Istanbul, mostly by sea — taking in Corfu, Crete, the Dodecanese, Athens, Mount Athos and other places, both celebrated and out-of-the-way.
The Mediterranean
A professor at Cambridge, David Abulafia leads a team of eight historians in The Mediterranean in History, an engaging, richly illustrated overview of the civilizations, societies and grand themes in the history of this great sea at the heart of Europe. Published in conjunction with the J. Paul Getty Museum, the book features 150 well-integrated color and 150 black-and-white illustrations.