|Hotel "Homeric Poems", Firostefani, Santorini.|
Courtesy of Klearchos Kapoutsis
Our armchair travels take us this week to Greece.What do you think of first when you think of Greece. The architecture, art, theatre, mythology, or the great philosophers? One of my favorite paintings is The School of Athens by Raphael.
|School of Athens by Raphael|
From the ancient Illiad and the Odyssey to the modern, there is a wide array of books about Greece or set in Greece. I'm not in the mood to read ancient literature this week so let's go in search for something modern, entertaining. Our starting point since it's the only book I can think of is Zorba the Greek.
Solon of Athens - "Nothing in excess"
Chilon of Sparta - "Know thyself"
Thales of Miletus - "To bring surety brings ruin"
Bias of Priene - "Too many workers spoil the work"
Cleobulus of Lindos - "Moderation is the chief good"
Pittacus of Mitylene - "Know thine opportunity"
Periander of Corinth - "Forethought in all things"
Discovered it was written by Nikos Kazantzakis, who had a very interesting life. In addition to Zorba, his works include: The Last Temptation of Christ which actually sounds intriguing and nearly got him excommunicated from the Greek Orthodox Church. Plus he wrote a new Odyssey which picks up where Homer left off.
Discovered through Matt Barrett's Travel Guides is an interesting book called Uncle Petros and Goldbach's Conjecture: A Novel of Mathematical Obsession by Apostolos Doxiadis.
On Packabook's post about Through the World Party Reading Challenge, discovered (how could I have forgotten about this one) Corelli's Mandolin. Remember the movie, Captain Corelli's Mandolin with Nicholas Cage and Penelope Cruz. Yeah, I forgot about it too. It is an adaptation from the movie. Haven't seen it yet, although I'm a Nicholas Cage fan. Packabook has some other great suggestions, so go check it out.
Crime Writer Paul Johnston has written a new series set in Greece: Crying Blue Murder, The Last Red Death, and the Golden Silence.
I'm finding all kinds of cool books including the debut novel of Gary Corby called The Pericles Commission about a murder mystery in ancient Athens which looks quite interesting and it's available in book or e-book.
And for all things Greek - travel, food, history, politics, languages and customs check out these books on Matt Barrett's Travel Guide.
My poor wish list is starting to creak and groan from all the books I've added today.
Your goal this week - do some armchair traveling and discover Greece. Check out the books I listed or do your own search. You just may be surprised and pleased with what you find.
Authors Birthdays this Week - Choose one and read one of their books in honor of their birthday.
- 01-20 Sylvie Kurtz
- 01-20 William Bayer
- 01-21 Anais Nin
- 01-22 Sean O'Faolain
- 01-23 W.E.B. DuBois
- 01-24 Rupert Holmes
- 01-25 Frank Bonham
- 01-26 Elizabeth George
- 01-26 Victor Hugo
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