Suggested Reading List
Balkan Ghosts, A Journey through History
Author: Robert D. Kaplan
Description: Kaplan interweaves the history, art and culture of Yugoslavia, Bulgaria, Romania and Greece with his travels in this portrait of the region.
Beyond the Edge of the Sea
Author: Maurice Obregon
Description: 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.
City of Fortune, How Venice Ruled the Seas
Author: Roger Crowley
Description: Crowley spins tales of three centuries of plunder and plague, imperial conquest and piracy in this riveting new history, chronicling the transformation of a tiny city of lagoon dwellers into the richest place on earth. City of Fortune is framed by two of the great collisions of world history: the ill-fated Fourth Crusade -- culminating in the sacking of Constantinople in 1204 -- and the Ottoman-Venetian War of 1499-1503.
Croatia Coast Map
Author: Freytag & Berndt
Description: A nicely shaded map covering the Dalmatian Coast from Porec to Dubrovnik at a scale of 1:200,000, perfect for the complex coastline.
Early Christian and Byzantine Art
Author: John Lowden
Description: An illustrated guide to the architectural heritage of the early Christian period (860-1453), with a survey of the philosophy and intellectual climate of the time.
Eyewitness Guide Croatia
Author: Eyewitness Guides
Description: Gorgeously illustrated and filled with excellent maps, this compact book offers a thorough overview of Croatia's history, traditions, cultures and sights.
Eyewitness Top Ten Dubrovnik & Dalmatian Coast
Author: Eyewitness Guides
Description: This slim guide, geared for visitors on a short stay, features color photographs and maps.
Eyewitness Top Ten Venice
Author: Gillian Price
Description: A compact, illustrated guide in the popular series, featuring favorite attractions in Venice.
Italy, Monuments Past and Present
Author: R.A. Staccioli
Description: This informative volume shows Italy's most important monuments as they look today and, via overlaid illustrations, as they were once upon a time. The book surveys the history and archeological highlights of Pompeii, Rome and Sicily.
Mediterranean Explorer Map
Author: Ocean Explorer Maps
Description: This handy color map of the Mediterranean from Spain to the Black Sea and the Levant puts ancient sites and historic ports into context. With notable people, a timeline and descriptions of dozens of places across the classical world, this map serves equally well for Mediterranean and Black Sea cruises.
Mediterranean by Cruise Ship
Author: Anne Vipond
Description: 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.
Montenegro, A Novel
Author: Starling Lawrence
Description: Steeped in atmosphere, this compelling tale of intrigue set in turn-of-the-century Montenegro evokes the tangled politics of the region -- Muslim, Turk and British. Lawrence follows the adventures of a reluctant British spy, Harwell Auberon, from the Adriatic to mountain villages, capturing the essence of the people and the land.
The Balkans, A Short History
Author: Mark Mazower
Description: A brief, provocative survey of the complex and often contentious history of the Balkans. With eloquence and insight, Mazower addresses the issues of geography, nationalism and modern nation-building in the region.
The Bridge on the Drina
Author: Ivo Andric, Lovette F. Edwards (Translator)
Description: These linked stories by the Nobel-prize winning author capture the history and complexity of Christian and Muslim relations during Ottoman occupation. Hewn of stone, the bridge dividing the town of Visegrad was Andric's inspiration.
The Search for Ancient Greece
Author: Roland Etienne, Francoise Etienne
Description: Lavishly illustrated, this pocket encyclopedia covers the archaeology and meaning of ancient Greece, quite an accomplishment for such a slim book.
The World of Venice
Author: Jan Morris
Description: Morris displays her talent for research, anecdote and well-wrought prose in this spirited history of a beloved city.
Treasury of Byzantine Ornament: 255 Motifs from St. Mark's and Ravenna
Author: Arne Dehli
Description: A great reference for anyone with an interest in 6th- and 7th-century Byzantine art and architecture. This guide provides clear line drawings of interior and exterior adornments; thorough and well-illustrated.