Suggested Reading List
1453, The Holy War For Constantinople and the Clash of Islam and the West
Author: Roger Crowley
Description: In this well-paced history, Crowley recounts the dramatic events leading up to and surrounding the fall of Constantinople to the Ottoman Turks.
Ancient Greece: Art, Architecture, and History
Author: Marina Belozerskaya, Kenneth Lapatin
Description: This lively illustrated guide covers the architecture, painting and sculpture of Ancient Greece from the third millennium to the end of the Hellenistic period. With 282 color and 28 black-and-white illustrations.
Ancient Turkey, A Traveller's History
Author: Seton Lloyd
Description: A lively tale of cultures and conquest, from the Hittites to St. Paul, that illuminates the living past of Turkey's archaeological treasures. This classic by Professor Lloyd, first director of the British Institute of Archaeology at Ankara, is now in a 25th anniversary edition.
Crescent and Star
Author: Stephen Kinzer
Description: This insightful, anecdotal report on contemporary life, culture and politics in Turkey comes from a former New York Times Istanbul bureau chief who is especially attuned to the powerful geographic position of Turkey and its multiple identities in Europe, Asia and the Middle East.
Dinner with Persephone
Author: Patricia Storace
Description: The pleasures and complexities of contemporary Greece, marvelously described by an American poet spending a year there. Storace intertwines her own perceptions with the history of the country and the influence of pop culture on the classical landscape.
Eyewitness Guide Greek Islands
Author: Eyewitness Guides
Description: 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.
Eyewitness Guide Istanbul
Author: Eyewitness Guides
Description: This superbly illustrated guide features unique cutaways, floor plans and reconstructions of major architectural sights, plus a pull-out map clearly marked with attractions and an easy-to-use street index.
Eyewitness Top Ten Athens
Author: Eyewitness Guides
Description: A compact illustrated guide in the popular series, featuring favorite attractions, events, restaurants, shops and excursions in Athens.
Description: A colorful shaded map of Greece, the Greek Islands and the western coast of Turkey at a scale of 1:800,000.
Greece, A Traveler's Literary Companion
Author: Artemis Leontis (Editor)
Description: In this terrific anthology, 24 modern Greek writers offer a flavor of their nation, its culture and people, beautiful landscapes and rich history.
Harem, The World Behind the Veil
Author: Alev Lytle Croutier
Description: A fascinating illustrated look at the culture of the Harem -- particularly the well-known quarters at Topkapi Palace in Istanbul. The author combines interviews, history and a wonderful selection of art in this intriguing book.
Istanbul and the Civilization of the Ottoman Empire
Author: Bernard Lewis
Description: In this slim volume the great Islamic scholar describes the invasion of Constantinople by the Ottoman Turks on May 29, 1453, evoking the city at this pivotal moment in its long history.
Istanbul, Memories and the City
Author: Orhan Pamuk
Description: Nobel Prize-winner Pamuk writes with dazzling grace of the city of his birth, a magical place of crumbling mansions and Ottoman riches.
Lonely Planet Pocket Istanbul
Author: Verity Campbell
Description: With a section of not-to-miss highlights, a pull-out map and a calendar of annual events.
Lords of the Horizons
Author: Jason Goodwin
Description: Goodwin artfully combines his modern travels with scholarship, history and reflection, capturing the outrageous personalities, events and vagaries of the 600-year-old Ottoman Empire.
Sailing the Wine-Dark Sea, Why the Greeks Matter
Author: Thomas Cahill
Description: 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.
The Colossus of Maroussi
Author: Henry Miller
Description: 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.
The Towers of Trebizond
Author: Rose MacAulay, Jan Morris (Introduction)
Description: Mixing high farce, archaeology, history and lively travel writing, Rose MacAulay's impossibly witty short novel is back in a new edition. Originally published in 1956, MacAulay follows the adventures of English missionaries traipsing across Turkey from Istanbul to Trabzon.
The World of the Ancient Greeks
Author: John Camp, Elizabeth Fisher
Description: 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.
Turkish Reflections, A Biography of a Place
Author: Mary Lee Settle
Description: Settle's captivating travelogue is a richly detailed portrait of contemporary Turkey, its people, monasteries, myths, archaeological treasures and living traditions. Exemplary.