Reading list inspiration for travel
Books & eBooks
- Delphi: A History of the Center of the Ancient WorldView on Amazon. The author covers the whole history and nature of Delphi from the literary and archaeological evidence surrounding the site, to its rise as a center of worship with a wide variety of religious practices, to the constant appeal of the oracle despite her cryptic prophecies. By Michael Scott.
- Gates of Fire: An Epic Novel of the Battle of ThermopylaeView on Amazon. The epic story of the 300 Spartan soldiers who held off the massive assembled forces of invading Persian army. By Steven Pressfield.
- Greece: A Traveler’s Literary CompanionView on Amazon. Twenty-four stories arranged by geographical region provide an enriching odyssey through the Greek landscape and mind. Edited by Artemis Leontis.
- Mani, Travels in the Southern PeloponneseView on Amazon. In this tour de force of travel writing, the author carries the reader with him on his journeys among the Greeks of the mountainous southern zone, exploring their history and time-honored lore. By Patrick Leigh Fermor.
- Occidental MythologyView on Amazon. Providing insights available nowhere else, the author offers a systematic and fascinating comparison of the themes-archetypes that underlie the art, worship, and literature of the Western world. By Joseph Campbell.
- The Complete World of Greek MythologyView on Amazon. Essential. The author combines a retelling of Greek myths with a comprehensive account of the world in which they developed—their themes, their relevance to Greek religion and society, and their relationship to the landscape. By Richard Buxton.
- The History of Western PhilosophyView on Amazon While not country-specific, this masterpiece puts all of the greats — the ancient Greeks and Romans, early Catholic philosophers, and the moderns — into context in a thoughtful, engaging and approachable style. By Bertrand Russell.
- The Naked Olympics: The True Story of the Ancient GamesView on Amazon. The author brings attitude, erudition and humor to the story of the original Olympics, peeling away the layers of myth to lay bare the ancient sporting experience. By Tony Perrottet.
- The ParthenonView on Amazon. The best available review of the history, art and architecture of the quintessential Athenian monument. By Mary Beard.
- The Thread: A NovelView on Amazon. Spanning nearly a hundred years up to the present day, the novel brilliantly captures the energy and life in the turbulent city of Thessaloniki, Greece’s second-largest city. By Victoria Hislop.
Articles & Academic Papers
- “A Macedonia Makeover?”View on RoadsandKingdoms.com For two decades, Greece has refused to recognize the Republic of Macedonia’s name, claiming it’s a territorial threat to its own region of the same name. By Shaun Turton.
- “Christmas in Thessaloniki”View on BelieverMag.com In Greece's second largest city, the financial implosion leads to widespread reimagining of the social contract. By Arnon Grunberg.
- “Greek Art of the Aegean Islands”View on MetMuseum.org The catalog presents a comprehensive review of the defining features of art objects from the islands, which date from the Early Bronze Age to the Classic Period of the 5th century BCE. By Dietrich Von Bothmer and Joan R Mertens.
- “Greek the Salad”View on theawl.com Authenticity is a con. By Dan Nosowitz.
- “Hunting for the Source of World’s Most Beguiling Folk Music”View on the NYTimes.com A moving song by a Greek violinist led the writer to a hillside village across the ocean. By Amanda Petrusich.
- “I Was A Greek Neo-Fascist”View on London Review of Books website Behind the scenes in Greece's far-right movement, the Golden Dawn. By Alexander Clapp.
- “Sensual Sappho”View on NYBooks.com Sappho, for all the meagerness of her extant poetry, is a founder in many more respects than in teaching us what love feels like. By Edith Hall.
- “The Loneliest Man in Greece”View on NewYorker.com A bullet hole mars the window in the office of Yannis Stournaras, the finance minister of Greece. By Chanan Tigay.
- “The Parthenon Frieze and the Apadana Reliefs at Persepolis”View on a Georgetown University website A fascinating article comparing the reliefs on the two seminal structures of the Greek and Persian civilizations. By Margaret Cool Root.
Online Sources & Blogs
- World Bank | GreeceVisit worldbank.org A great resource for the country's quality of living indicators, economy and climate change data.
- Yale Lectures on Greek HistoryVisit youtube.com Yale University Professor Donald Kagan offers a complete introductory course on Greek history, tracing the development of Greek civilization as manifested in political, intellectual, and creative achievements from the Bronze Age to the end of the classical period.
- As Fish Stocks Dwindle, So Do The Livelihoods Of Greek FishermenListen on npr.org In the past, Greek fishermen supplied tavernas and fish markets. But fish stocks are so low now that many say they can't make a living.
- The Sounds of GreeceListen to the Spotify playlist Listen to a personal collection of Greek tracks compiled by Trip Reads founder Jennifer Raezer. The perfect pre-trip soundtrack.
Just for Kids
- D’Aulaires’ Book of Greek MythsView on Amazon All the great gods and goddesses of ancient Greece are depicted in this big, beautiful classic, lovingly illustrated and skillfully told. By Ingri d'Aulaires and Edgar Parin d'Aulaires.
- The Librarian Who Measured the EarthView on Amazon A colorfully illustrated biography of the Greek philosopher and scientist Eratosthenes, who compiled the first geography book and accurately measured the globe's circumference. By Kathryn Lasky and Kevin Hawkes.
Who to Follow
- Twitter: Efthimia EfthimiouFollow @EfiEfthimiou Greek Journalist @capitalgr (capital.gr), financial news, for everything that matters.
- Twitter: Joanna KakissisFollow @joannakakissis Correspondent for @nprnews in Athens, occasional writer for others, Greek-North Dakotan.
- Twitter: Living in GreeceFollow @livingingreece News & information on the practicalities of living, working and traveling in Greece. Curated by @katchristofer, an American in Athens.
- Twitter: New Wines of GreeceFollow @DrinkGreekWine New Wines of Greece are... Eternally Modern! Learn everything about the new era of Greek wine production.