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The Best of Greek life: Explore Greece With Your Grandchild

Program No. 20917RJ
Train to become anthropologists as you explore the best of Greece with your grandchild. Meet local students and experts, see how Greek foods are made and explore the Acropolis!

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How many steps does it take to get to the top of Mt. Olympus? What’s the best recipe for home made olive oil? These might be just a few of the questions your grandchild asks — and answers — during this immersive adventure in the heart of Greece! Become anthropologists as you learn about Greek cuisine, meet local students and residents, and discover some of the world’s most ancient and important landmarks. Your grandchild will also learn about digital storytelling to record and research your discoveries!

Best of all, you’ll…

  • Stop for swimming and hiking opportunities as you delight in a study cruise around the beautiful Sporades islands.
  • Discover the history of ancient Athens during field trips to the Acropolis and the Parthenon.
  • Learn about Greek cuisine, meet students and discover how food is grown in Greece.
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You can find many of the books we recommend at the Road Scholar store on bookshop.org, a website that supports local bookstores.
Eyewitness Guide Greece, Athens and the Mainland
by Eyewitness Guides
This superb guide features color photography, dozens of excellent local maps and a region-by-region synopsis of the country's attractions.
Greek Gods and Heroes
by Robert Graves
Graves recounts the glorious days when gods and goddesses who dwelt on Mount Olympus ruled over the mortal world below and fabled heroes performed mighty deeds of valor in this classic collection for young explorers and their families.
Athens Map
by Borch Maps
An excellent laminated map of the city center at a scale of 1:7,500 with inset maps of the Acropolis, Epidaurus, Mycenae, Attica and the surrounding region.
Greece, A Traveler's Literary Companion
by Artemis Leontis (Editor)
In this terrific anthology, 24 modern Greek writers offer a flavor of their nation, its culture and people, beautiful landscapes and rich history.
Ancient Greece, Archaeology Unlocks the Secrets of Greece's Past
by Marni McGee
McGee focuses on archaeologists, including underwater archaeologist Faith Hentsche, in this illustrated overview of ancient Greece.
The Naked Olympics, The True Story of the Ancient Games
by Tony Perrottet
Perrottet covers the history of the games with frank humor and the immediacy of sports writing in this entertaining account of the Olympics.
The Greek Myths, Complete Edition
by Robert Graves
A new edition of Graves' classic collection with a cover by 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 Parthenon
by Mary Beard
A lively tale of the construction, significance and uses of the 2,500-year-old architectural marvel.
The Penguin Historical Atlas of Ancient Greece
by Robert Morkot
This pictorial survey of Greek antiquity, recording its culture and expansion, features dozens of full-color maps.
The Ancient Guide to Modern Life
by Natalie Haynes
In this light-hearted frolic through antiquity, Haynes considers modern life from the point of view of the ancients, musing on such questions as what Athenian democracy might teach present politics and the impact of Greek and Roman drama, literature and philosophy on the contemporary world.
The Oracle, Ancient Delphi and the Science Behind Its Lost Secrets
by William J. Broad
A gripping modern-day detective story about the scientific quest to understand the Oracle of Delphi.
The Greeks, An Illustrated History
by Diane Harris Cline
This accessible photographic history of ancient Greece pays special attention to Greek innovations: great literature and architecture, war tactics, democracy, the Olympics, Socrates and much more. Cline laces the gripping story of the Greek empire with archaeological discoveries.
A Visitor's Guide to the Ancient Olympics
by Neil Faulkner
Archaeologist and historian Neil Faulkner recreates the setting and thrill of the ancient Olympic Stadium in this lively, guide to the games circa 388 B.C.
Sailing the Wine-Dark Sea, Why the Greeks Matter
by Thomas Cahill
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.
Greek, A Language Map
by Kristine K. Kershul
This durable, foldout card gives easy phonetic pronunciation for several hundred of the most commonly needed words and phrases.
Men and Gods
by Rex Warner
The inimitable Edward Gorey vividly illustrates these 38 spellbinding tales, memorably retold by novelist and scholar Rex Warner.
Mycenae, From Myth to History
by Robert McCabe (Foreword), Athina Cacouri
With contributions from archaeologists who worked on the Mycenae site, this lively history delves into the mystery and legend surrounding the civilization that flourished 800 years before the classical Greeks then vanished into legend.
The Lightning Thief
by Rick Riordan
The first in the bestselling series. After learning he is a demigod, Percy Jackson is sent to a summer camp on Long Island where he meets Poseidon, the father he never knew.
A Traveller's History of Athens
by Richard Stoneman
A brief history of Athens through the 1990's -- wide-ranging, accessible and effectively condensed. With a useful chronology and historical gazetteer, this book marches confidently through the centuries.
Gods and Heroes
by Matthew Reinhart
This pop-up pantheon presents Zeus's Mount Olympus, Norse god Odin's frozen north, the Jade Emperor and many more of the world's great myths and legends.
Delphi, A History of the Center of the Ancient World
by Michael Scott
Scott's interest is in much more than the oracle itself, having pieced together the way the entire site developed through time. A fine scholarly book, it helps us understand the history of the ancient world as a whole through a focus on this crucial location.
The Rise of Athens, The Story of the World's Greatest Civilization
by Anthony Everitt
Anthony Everitt (The Rise of Rome, ITA335) shifts his focus to the world of the ancient Greeks in this expansive history. The accessible book covers the ideological and physical foundations of Athens that laid the groundwork for the Greeks' prodigious accomplishments.
The Tomb of Agamemnon
by Cathy Gere, Mary Beard (Editor)
A brief, enlightening guide to the archaeological site (a fortified hill in the Peloponnese at Mycenae), its history and current scholarship on the Bronze Age.
Ancient Greece: Art, Architecture, and History
by Marina Belozerskaya, Kenneth Lapatin
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.
The Ancient Olympics, A History
by Nigel Spivey
A colorful look at the ancient Olympic games as they really were: brutal, fierce and deadly. Spivey, a wonderful popular writer and classicist at Cambridge, offers a vivid history of Greek athletic contests, not just the Olympian but also the Pythian at Delphi, Isthmian at Corinth and Nemean at Argos.
The Messenger of Athens
by Anne Zouroudi
This first book in the Mysteries of the Greek Detective series has at its heart the sin of lust. Zouroudi weaves excitement and mythology together with the realities of everyday small-island life.
Ancient Rome on 5 Denarii a Day
by Philip Matyszak
A practical, concise guide to Rome -- circa AD 200. This unusual book covers all the highlights of ancient Roman life, from gladiatorial shows to public bathing and provides modern readers with an imaginative overview of the city's monuments.

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