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A War Like No Other
Victor Davis Hanson
1400060958
Sept 2005
Hardcover
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From Publishers Weekly
Hanson (Warfare and Agriculture in Classical Greece, etc.) presents an elegant, lucidly written analysis of the 27-year civil war, a "colossal absurdity," that ended in Athens's 5th-century B.C. loss to Sparta and the depletion of centuries of material and intellectual wealth. Hanson deftly chronicles these destructive decades, from the conflict's roots (e.g., the fundamental mutual suspicion between Athens and Sparta) to its legacy (the evolution of the nature of war to something "more deadly, amorphous, and concerned with the ends rather than the ethical means"). Hanson considers the war's economic aspects and the ruinous plague that struck Athens before delving into his discussion of warfare. He offers a tour de force analysis of hoplite (or infantry) combat, guerrilla tactics, siege operations and sea battles...


Ancient Greece
F. Durando
0760722099
October 2000
Hardcover
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Amazon.com
Boasting more than 1,000 photographs, Ancient Greece: The Dawn of the Western World is an unabashed celebration of "the glory that was Greece." Archaeologist Furio Durando discusses aspects of Greek history, art, and archaeology, but the pictures do most of the work, making this a coffee-table book worth keeping. Of added interest is a set of archaeological itineraries for visitors planning a tour of ancient Greek monuments, many of which are not in Greece but in southern Italy and Sicily. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

Language Notes
Text: English (translation)
Original Language: Italian --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.


Sailing the Wine-Dark Sea
Thomas Cahill
0385495544
July 2004
Paperback
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From Publishers Weekly
Dukakis makes an oddly fine match for this learned, accessible and occasionally glib survey of early Greek culture and its contributions to Western civilization. While her gruff Boston accent may seem like a strange match for a historical work, it suits this text, which moves fluidly between quoting Sappho on one page and referring to the gods as keeping something "on the QT" on another. Indeed, Cahill's project aims not merely to explain the Greeks, but to enliven them. In an effort to take them off their crumbling pedestals and make a modern audience appreciate them as a complex people struggling to comprehend and improve their world, he quotes passages from well-known Greek works and writes comfortably and unassumingly in a colloquial, contemporary style. Perhaps this is why Dukakis fits right in. As an...


Ancient Greece: The Dawn of the Western World
Furio Durando
0760762376
September 2004
Hardcover
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Ancient Greece (Discoveries Series)
Louise Schofield (Editor)
0760750696
December 2003
Hardcover
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Life In Ancient Greece (Peoples of the Ancient World)

0778720659


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Alice
Hugo Vickers
0312302398
June 2003
Paperback
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From Publishers Weekly
A chain-smoking, nearly deaf princess who ministered to the sick in Greek hospitals and soup kitchens, was diagnosed as paranoid schizophrenic at age 45, fancied herself a nun and sheltered a Jewish family during the Holocaust (for which she was posthumously given the title Righteous among the Nations, an honor Oskar Schindler also received), Alice is a biographer's dream. Born under the watchful eye of her great-grandmother Queen Victoria in Windsor Castle in 1885, Alice married a Greek prince who was actually Danish, German and Russian. And while she was devoted to Greece, she and her royal in-laws were never fully accepted by their adopted subjects. At age 84, she died in Buckingham Palace, where she lived at the end of her life at the behest of her youngest child and only son, Prince Philip, and his wife,...


Michelin the Green Guide Greece (Michelin Green Guide: Greece English Edition)
Michelin
2060008859


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Book Description
This title in the acclaimed Michelin Green Guide series is an indispensable guide to the natural and cultural attractions of Greece - the islands, the mountains of the mainland and their volcanic craters, miles of beaches. The many layers of civilization may be traced in the ancient ruined temples and theatres, the magnificent churches of the Orthodox rite, and rare vestiges of the Turkish occupation. The noisy exuberance of Athens contrasts with the natural charm of rural and maritime resorts; the country attracts archeologists and botanists, walkers and mountain climbers, water-sports enthusiasts and sunworshippers.

Language Notes
Text: French, English, German, Spanish


Ten Thousand: A Novel of Ancient Greece
Michael Curtis Ford
0312980329
October 2002
Mass Market Paperback
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From Publishers Weekly
The ill-fated campaign of Xenophon's army in the political chaos following the Peloponnesian War is the subject of Ford's debut, a long and labyrinthine affair that begins with the army's successful journey to Babylon and an initial battle in which the Persian forces are routed. But the tide quickly turns when the Persians sneak behind enemy lines and pillage the Greek camp, leaving Xenophon's army stranded hundreds of miles from home with few supplies. Rather than starve by taking the desert route back, Xenophon decides to attempt a perilous journey through hostile enemy terrain populated by several dangerous tribes, and as they progress the Greeks are forced to endure a horrific series of hardship just to survive. The more intriguing scenes: the Greeks use a tribe of deadly slingshot artists to defeat a...


Lion of Macedon
David Gemmell
0345485351
Dec 2005
Paperback
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From Publishers Weekly
This enjoyable historical fantasy set in ancient Greece spans three decades in the career of Parmenion, a Spartan of mixed ancestry whose life is being shaped and monitored by an aging seeress. Scorned as a half-breed by the Spartans, he leaves vowing to wreak vengeance--which he does, at the head of a victorious Theban ar- my. Parmenion goes on to become Greece's preeminent soldier of fortune, a brilliant military strategist and tactician. Eventually, he hires on to Philip, the beleaguered king of Macedonia. Parmenion provides the young king with military help but, more importantly, intervenes in a ceremony meant to secure the siring of a child whose birth might signal the ultimate triumph of evil. Parmenion's final--and most meaningful--battle takes place not in this world but in Hades, where the forces of evil...


My Family and Other Animals
Gerald Durrell
0142004413
June 29, 2004
Paperback
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Book Description
When the unconventional Durrell family can no longer endure the damp, gray English climate, they do what any sensible family would do: sell their house and relocate to the sunny Greek isle of Corfu. My Family and Other Animals was intended to embrace the natural history of the island but ended up as a delightful account of Durrell’s family’s experiences, from the many eccentric hangers-on to the ceaseless procession of puppies, toads, scorpions, geckoes, ladybugs, glowworms, octopuses, bats, and butterflies into their home.


Frommer's Greece
John S. Bowman
0764598317
October 2005
Paperback
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Book Description
Greek tourism is still benefiting from the development of facilities and infrastructure that resulted from the 2004 Olympic Games.

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Greek tourism is still benefiting from the development of facilities and infrastructure that resulted from the 2004 Olympic Games. --This text refers to the Digital edition.

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Magic Tree House Research Guide: Ancient Greece and the Olympics (Magic Tree House Research Guide Series)
Mary Pope Osborne
0375823786
June 2004
Paperback
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Book Description
What was it like to live in ancient Greece? What gods and goddesses did Greeks believe in? How did the Olympics start? What was the winner’s prize? Find out the answers to these questions and many more in this Magic Tree House Research Guide. Includes fun facts from Jack and Annie, fantastic photos and illustrations, and a guide to doing further research!

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What was it like to live in ancient Greece? What gods and goddesses did Greeks believe in? How did the Olympics start? What was the winner?s prize? Find out the answers to these questions and many more in this Magic Tree House Research Guide. Includes fun facts from Jack and Annie, fantastic photos and illustrations, and a guide to doing further research!

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The Peloponnesian War
Donald Kagan
0142004375
May 2004
Paperback
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From Publishers Weekly
Beginning in 1978, Kagan's publication of the four-volume History of the Peloponnesian War established him as the leading authority on that seminal period in Greek history. Despite its accessible writing style, however, the work's formidable length tended to restrict its audience to the academic community. This single volume, based on the original's scholarship but incorporating significant new dimensions, is intended for the educated general reader. Kagan, a chaired professor of classics and history at Yale, describes his intention to offer both intellectual pleasure and a source of the wisdom so many have sought by studying this war. On both aims he succeeds admirably. The war between the Athenian Empire and the Spartan Alliance, fought in the last half of the 5th century B.C., was tragedy. Fifty years earlier,...


The History of the Greek and Roman Theater.
Margarete Bieber
0691035210


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The History of the Peloponnesian War
Thucydides
0140440399
Sept 1954
Paperback
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Book Description
Written four hundred years before the birth of Christ, this detailed contemporary account of the struggle between Athens and Sparta stands an excellent chance of fulfilling the author's ambitious claim that the work "was done to last forever." The conflicts between the two empires over shipping, trade, and colonial expansion came to a head in 431 b.c. in Northern Greece, and the entire Greek world was plunged into 27 years of war. Thucydides applied a passion for accuracy and a contempt for myth and romance in compiling this exhaustively factual record of the disastrous conflict that eventually ended the Athenian empire.

Language Notes
Text: English, Greek (translation)

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Lonely Planet Greece
Paul Hellander
1740597508
March 2006
Paperback
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Book Review
From Antarctica to Zimbabwe, if you're going there, chances are Lonely Planet has been there first. With a pithy and matter-of-fact writing style, these guides are guaranteed to calm the nerves of first-time world travelers, while still listing off-the-beaten-path finds sure to thrill even the most jaded globetrotters. Lonely Planet has been perfecting its guidebooks for nearly 30 years and as a result, has the experience and know-how similar to an older sibling's "been there" advice. The original backpacker's bible, the LP series has recently widened its reach. While still giving insights for the low-budget traveler, the books now list a wide range of accommodations and itineraries for those with less time than money.

Lonely Planet's Greece is an expert guide to this incredible country, covering everything from the...



Harpercollins Language Survival Guide: Greece: The Visual Phrase Book and Dictionary
HarperCollins
0060579757
April 2004
Paperback
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Book Description

A Phrase Book . . . A Dictionary . . . A Travel Guide . . . All in One!

The HarperCollins Language Survival Guide: Greece covers every aspect of travel on the archipelago, from traffic signs and bank machines to culinary specialties like moussaka and baklava. Bring it along and you'll have no trouble finding the nearest hotel, bar, or Internet café.

Totally different from every other language or phrase book.

You'll find: Clear, to-the-point photographs illustrating vocabulary and social customs for quick and easy reference
Practical tourist information
Concise bilingual dictionary and grammar section

About the Author

HarperCollins Publishers is one of the world's leading English-language publishers with headquarters in New York....



The Greek Islands
Marc Dubin
0789494256
Mar 2003
Paperback
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Book Description
Eyewitness Travel Guides are the original illustrated travel guidebooks-and they're still the best. Since 1993, the Eyewitness brand has established itself as one of the industry leaders, with sales of more than 6.5 million copies in the U.S. alone. Featuring more than 70 worldwide destinations, new titles are being added to the best-selling Eyewitness Travel Guides series each year. In 2003, to mark the 10th anniversary of the publication of Eyewitness Travel Guides, DK is re-launching the entire series, fully updated, and with a brand-new look.


DK Eyewitness Travel Guide: Greece: Athens and the Mainland (Anniversary)
Marc S. Dubin
0789494264
March 2003
Paperback
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Book Description
Eyewitness Travel Guides are the original illustrated travel guidebooks-and they're still the best. Since 1993, the Eyewitness brand has established itself as one of the industry leaders, with sales of more than 6.5 million copies in the U.S. alone. Featuring more than 70 worldwide destinations, new titles are being added to the best-selling Eyewitness Travel Guides series each year. In 2003, to mark the 10th anniversary of the publication of Eyewitness Travel Guides, DK is re-launching the entire series, fully updated, and with a brand-new look.


2006 Greece Daily Box Calendar
Avalanche Publishing, Inc.
159501506X
July 2005
Box Calendar
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Book Description
Enjoy An Entire Year Of The Quaint Villages, Local People, And Mysterious Ancient Relics Of Greece. Each Day Features A Full-Color Photograph Of Greece That Will Sweep You Off Your Feet With Its Beauty And Charm!


Fodor's Greece
Fodor's
1400012988
Mar 2004
Paperback
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Book Description
Glance up from an Athens city street and see the classic silhouette of the Acropolis or gaze at the whitewashed houses perched on a cliff above above a wine-colored sea on Santorini, Greece offers travelers breathtaking sights at every turn. A country that once housed the ancient gods, Greece is now a vibrant modern nation that will welcome the world for the Summer Olympics. Our resident writers have found the best hotels, restaurants, attractions and activities to make your trip unforgettable. Before you leave for this dynamic country be sure to pack your Fodor's guide to ensure you don't miss a thing!

The San Francisco Chronicle sums it up best "Fodor's guides are saturated with information."

- Two-color interior design makes it easier to find the information you need
- Fodor's...


The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire (Volumes 4-6) [BOX SET]
Edward Gibbon, Hugh Trevor-Roper
067943593X
November 1, 1994
Hardcover
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Book Review
British parliamentarian and soldier Edward Gibbon (1737-1794) conceived of his plan for Decline and Fall while "musing amid the ruins of the Capitol" on a visit to Rome. For the next 10 years he worked away at his great history, which traces the decadence of the late empire from the time of the Antonines and the rise of Western Christianity. "The confusion of the times, and the scarcity of authentic memorials, pose equal difficulties to the historian, who attempts to preserve a clear and unbroken thread of narration," he writes. Despite these obstacles, Decline and Fall remains a model of historical exposition, and required reading for students of European history. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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Salonica, City of Ghosts : Christians, Muslims and Jews, 1430-1950
Mark Mazower
0375412980
April 26, 2005
Hardcover
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From Publishers Weekly
Starred Review. Situated on the Aegean where two mountain ranges meet, Salonica has a unique geographical location, which promoted the rich confluence of cultures that once characterized the city. Part travelogue, part history and part cultural study, this is a splendid tour of the fortunes and misfortunes of this Balkan city. Drawing on a wealth of archival documents, Mazower (The Balkans; Dark Continent) weaves a lavish tapestry illustrating the tangled history of Salonica, which began as a Hellenistic urban center in 315 B.C. and flourished through the Middle Ages as a Greek Orthodox city. In 1430, the Ottoman Empire commenced a rule that lasted until 1912. By the end of the 15th century, Salonica had a large influx of Jews who had fled persecution in Spain. Mazower eloquently points out that these "peoples of...


The Oracle : The Lost Secrets and Hidden Messages of Ancient Delphi
William J. Broad
1594200815
February 16, 2006
Hardcover
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From Publishers Weekly
The oracle at Delphi influenced politicians and slaves with her prophecies, yet her life and practices are shrouded in mystery. In a fascinating story that is part detective tale and part science report, Pulitzer Prize–winning New York Times writer Broad unveils the oracle. In order to prepare for her encounter with Apollo, the oracle descended into a chasm near the temple, where she would breathe the holy pneuma. She would then deliver her prophecies in a trance, sometimes foaming at the mouth and sometimes in a frenzy. When the temple was unearthed in the 19th century, archeologists and geologists searched for the mysterious chasm. Broad traces the history of these efforts and the conflicts they produced. By the mid–20th century, many scientists argued that the chasm never existed. He follows two...

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