Suggested Reading List
A Traveller's History of Greece
Author: Timothy Boatswain, Colin Nicolson
Description: A nicely written survey from prehistory through the 1990s: wide-ranging, accessible and necessarily condensed.
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.
Author: Louis De Bernieres
Description: This lyrical novel captures the humanity, quirks and loves of village life in the Greek islands. A satire of war, this charming and richly-colored novel is set on Cephallonia during the Italian occupation in the 1940s.
Culture Smart! Greece
Author: Constantine Buhayer
Description: A concise, no-nonsense guide to local customs, etiquette and culture with a short overview of the land and people along with practical travel advice.
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.
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.
Greece, Land of Light
Author: Nicholas Gage, Barry Brukoff
Description: Brukoff's dramatic color photographs are paired with incisive commentary by award-winning author Nicholas Gage for this striking portrait of the people, land and history of Greece and the islands.
Greek, A Language Map
Author: Kristine K. Kershul
Description: This durable, foldout card, featuring 1,000 words and phrases, works as a quick and convenient reference for travelers.
Homer the Classic
Author: Gregory Nagy
Description: Harvard classics scholar Nagy considers how Homer’s poetry was greeted in its own day and in the centuries immediately following the great bard.
Honey from a Weed, Fasting and Feasting in Tuscany, Catalonia, The Cyclades and Apulia
Author: Patience Gray
Description: A knowledgeable, unfussy grand tour of the Mediterranean, its history and its foodstuffs, by Patience Gray, who traveled to Catalonia, the Cyclades, Apulia/Puglia and Tuscany.
It's All Greek to Me
Author: Charlotte Higgins
Description: With timelines, a who's who, charts and maps, this handy little primer is a thoroughly entertaining introduction to everything Greek, from poetry and drama to philosophy, history and culture.
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 Complete World of Greek Mythology
Author: Richard Buxton
Description: With hundreds of color illustrations, site plans, genealogies and maps, this handsome, encyclopedic reference illuminates the world of the Greek gods.
The Greek Myths, Complete Edition
Author: Robert Graves
Description: A new edition of Graves' classic collection illustrated by the comic book artist Ross MacDonald. This expert retelling by Graves, a poet, memoirist and the author of I, Claudius (ITL429), still remains the seminal modern translation of the mythologies of Ancient Greece.
The King Must Die
Author: Mary Renault
Description: The first in Mary Renault's trilogy of well-researched page-turners features the tale of Theseus, slayer of the Minotaur and the king of Athens. Known for her exhaustive research, Renault is an acknowledged master of historical fiction.
The Most Beautiful Villages of Greece
Author: Mark Ottaway
Description: Organized geographically, this handsome oversize picture book is an illustrated portrait of Greece with hundreds of color photographs accompanying lively essays.
Author: Mary Beard
Description: A lively tale of the construction, significance and uses of the 2,500-year-old architectural marvel.
The Penguin Historical Atlas of Ancient Greece
Author: Robert Morkot
Description: This pictorial survey of Greek antiquity, recording its culture and expansion, features dozens of full-color maps.
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 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.
Travels With Epicurus
Author: Daniel Klein
Description: Daniel Klein's witty meditation on the ancients, life in the Greek Islands, his favorite philosophers -- and growing old gracefully -- is also a delightful romp through the Aegean.