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Ancient Greece
An Explorer's Guide
Robert Emmet Meagher and Elizabeth Parker Neave

5" x 9" • 355 pages • color maps & photos
ISBN 9781566566827 (UK ISBN 9781905214501) • paperback • $24.00

2009 Benjamin Franklin Award: Best Travel Book
Independent Publisher Book Award 2009, Bronze Medal Winner

Few locations in the world offer as many captivating ancient sites and monuments as Greece, and the ancients who built them knew how to choose spectacular natural settings that in themselves would satisfy any traveler.

With its text rich in maps, site plans, and photographs, Ancient Greece provides potential explorers eager to bask in both beauty and history with a wealth of material to ignite the imagination and facilitate trip planning. Authors Meagher and Neave structure the book around four itineraries, three of which correspond to distinct eras and regions. The Minoan itinerary unfolds on Crete; the Mycenaean is focused on the Peloponnese; the Classical itinerary on Athens. The final, eclectic itinerary focuses on the Cyclades and features island-hopping and a survey of the full span of Greek antiquity from the late Neolithic Age through the Classical period when the island of Delos, the mythical birthplace of Apollo, was the religious center of the Aegean. Each itinerary includes witty and erudite explorations of mythology, history, literature, archaeology, and architecture, as well as concrete help finding the most stunning sites that preserve and breathe that history today.

Chapters include:

Envisioning and Planning Your Trip
A Walk through Ancient Greece
Itinerary I: Crete (Minoan Greece, 1900–1400 BCE)
Itinerary II: The Peloponnese (Mycenaean Greece, 1500–1100 BCE)
Itinerary III: Athens and Environs (Classical Greece, 500–336 BCE)
Itinerary IV: The Cyclades (Aegean Greece, 3000–400 BCE)

Robert Emmet Meagher is a professor of humanities at Hampshire College and the author or translator of nearly two dozen books, ranging from Frommer’s Ireland to The Essential Euripides. He has been called the “finest living translator of ancient Greek drama into English.”

Elizabeth Parker Neave has traveled extensively in Greece for two decades, and for several years collaborated on the Frommer’s guides to the Greek Islands. She is co-author (with Robert Emmet Meagher) of Ancient Ireland: An Explorer’s Guide. She currently teaches elementary school in Connecticut.


Media Reviews

"An impressive addition for any personal or community library travel guide reference collection, and... is especially recommended for non-specialist general reader contemplating a trip to Greece."
--James A. Cox, The Midwest Book Review

"...the relatively compact Ancient Greece: An Explorer's Guide is  the right book to pick up when you have an inkling that you want to take a trip to Greece.  It not only contains a wealth of travel hints and information about antiquities, but also is written from the heart by two people who declare and 'obsession with ancient Greece'."
-- Greek News, Greek-American Weekly Newspaper



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Island of the Minotaur
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