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18 Thrilling tales from Greek mythology

The stories from Greek mythology have never ceased to fascinate young and old alike. Heroes such as Heracles, Theseus, Jason and Odysseus remain indelibly fixed in the memory of every reader, inspiring admiration. This book contains several of the best loved and best known stories from Greek mythology, providing the opportunity for young readers to gain a taste of the worlds best known and richest mythology.
15,90 € 14,50 €

1821: The Founding of Modern Greece

The distinguished historian Michael Llewellyn-Smith, author of the classic Ionian Vision as well as a number of other important studies about modern Greece, writes about this book: The story of how the Greeks founded their independent state, through a mixture of bravery, persistence, skulduggery and guile, is an inspiring one, and there is no better time to tell it than the 200th anniversary of the outbreak of the Greek war of independence in 1821. Athina Cacouri’s new book, 1821: The Founding of Modern Greece, tells the whole complicated story, from the outbreak of war in March 1821 to the emergence of a nominally independent state, in an English language narrative adapted from her Greek original in terms suitable for a young readership. The main focus of her book, rightly, is the leading Greek personalities, ranging from the doughty warrior Theodore Kolokotronis, whose vivid words on the ‘torment’ of leading an army of Greeks she quotes, to the western-influenced Alexander Mavrocordatos (for whom Cacouri has little love), and above all the tragic figure of Ioannis Capodistrias, the ‘Governor’ or first President of Greece, who did all in his power, with meagre resources, to create a well governed modern state. He was assassinated in Nafplion on 27 September 1831. Capodistrias is the first hero of this book. The other is the Greek People, to whose developing national feeling the emergence of the Greek state is largely owed. In what will be a crowded market, the book holds its own by the vigour of its narrative and judgements, and Athina Cacouri’s knowledge and love of her native country and its people. MICHAEL LLEWELLYN-SMITH Born in 1928, in the town of Patras, Greece, Athina Cacouri has lived in Vienna, Austria and Philadelphia, USA, and mostly in Athens, Greece. She has children, grandchildren and great grandchildren. She has worked in a petroleum company, a shipping agency, in tourism and as a journalist and a translator. She has published four volumes of detective stories, eight historical novels, and three studies of history, all about Greece during the last two centuries. Her translation of Stephen Vincent Benét’s short story ‘The Devil and Daniel Webster’ and of Charles Dickens’s The Mystery of Edwin Drood, as well as her novels Primarolia, set in Patras at the end of the 19th century, and Thekli, set during the Balkan Wars of 1912-1913, have been awarded major literary prizes. Her most recent works are two studies of the political rift which divided Greece during World War I, and a fresh look at the Greek War of Independence, 1821, and the creation of the modern Greek state, a translation of which is the volume in hand.
17,40 € 13,50 €

A Branch of Wild Olive

In A Branch of Wild Olive L. Messinesi has presented with considerable erudition a complete survey of the Olympic Movement.
16,00 €

A Cabinet of Ancient Medical Curiosities

There are few disciplines as exciting and forward-looking as medicine. Unfortunately, however, many modern practitioners have rather lost sight of the origins of their discipline. A Cabinet of Ancient Medical Curiosities aspires to make good this lapse by taking readers back to the early days of Western medicine in ancient Greece and Rome. Quoting the actual words of ancient authors, often from texts which have never been translated into English, it gives aglimpse into the beginnings of such fields as surgery, gynecology, pediatrics, preventive medicine, and pharmacology, as well as highlighting ancient views on such familiar topics as medical ethics and the role of the doctor in society. The hundreds of passages quoted from Greek and Roman authors give a vividly direct picture of the ancient medical world, a world in which, for example, a surgeon had to be strong-minded enough to ignore the screams of his patient, diseases were assumed to be sent by the gods, medicine and magic were often indistinguishable, donkeys might be brought into the sick-room to ensure a fresh supply of milk, human anatomy and microbes were equally mysterious, and no qualifications were required beforesetting up as a doctor. As will be evident from this list, the approach taken in the book is not an entirely serious one. Even so, despite its lighthearted approach, it does aspire, however modestly, to engage the reader in a thought provoking way about many of the issues still current in medicine nowadays.
16,30 €

A Concise History of Greece

Now re-issued in a third, updated edition, this book provides a concise, illustrated introduction to the modern history of Greece, from the first stirrings of the national movement in the late eighteenth century to the present day. The current economic crisis has marked a turning point in the country's history. This third edition includes a new final chapter, which analyses contemporary political, economic and social developments. It includes additional illustrations together with updated tables and suggestions for further reading. Designed to provide a basic introduction, the first edition of this hugely successful Concise History won the Runciman Award for the best book on an Hellenic topic published in 1992 and has been translated into twelve languages.
25,60 €

A Guide to Biblical Sites in Greece and Turkey

Nearly two-thirds of the New Testament--including all of the letters of Paul, most of the book of Acts, and the book of Revelation--is set outside of Israel, in either Turkey or Greece. Although biblically-oriented tours of the areas that were once ancient Greece and Asia Minor have become increasingly popular, up until now there has been no definitive guidebook through these important sites.

44,80 €

A History of My Times

Xenophon's History recounts nearly fifty turbulent years of warfare in Greece between 411 and 362 BC. Continuing the story of the Peloponnesian War at the point where Thucydides finished his magisterial history, this is a fascinating chronicle of the conflicts that ultimately led to the decline of Greece, and the wars with both Thebes and the might of Persia. An Athenian by birth, Xenophon became a firm supporter of the Spartan cause, and fought against the Athenians in the battle of Coronea. Combining history and memoir, this is a brilliant account of the triumphs and failures of city-states, and a portrait of Greece at a time of crisis.
17,10 €

A prisoner of war's story

Κυκλοφόρησε στα αγγλικά «Η Ιστορία ενός αιχμαλώτου» του Στρατή Δούκα, μια από τις σημαντικότερες αφηγήσεις της περιπέτειας όσων δεν μπόρεσαν να διαφύγουν έγκαιρα από τη μικρασιατική ακτή το 1922. «Ένα αληθινό διαμάντι» σύμφωνα με τον Φώτη Κόντογλου. 1922, ελληνοτουρκικός πόλεμος: Η Σμύρνη, η κοσμοπολίτικη πόλη της Μικράς Ασίας, πυρπολείται και λεηλατείται. Ο Νικόλας, Έλληνας στρατιώτης από την Ανατολία, αιχμαλωτίζεται από τους Τούρκους και μαζί με άλλους αιχμαλώτους εκτοπίζεται στην ενδοχώρα. Ωστόσο, καταφέρνει να δραπετεύσει, και έτσι αρχίζει ο αγώνας του για επιβίωση. Σε αυτό το φιλειρηνικό και βαθιά αντιπολεμικό έργο ο πρωταγωνιστής αφηγείται τις κακουχίες, τα δεινά και τις ταπεινώσεις που υπέστη, με τρόπο παραστατικό και ύφος γλαφυρό. Ο Στρατής Δούκας, που βίωσε προσωπικά τους μεγάλους πολέμους του 20ού αιώνα, μας επαναφέρει τη δραματική εμπειρία του Νικόλα Κοζάκογλου, πραγματικού πρωταγωνιστή, χωρίς φανατισμό και εχθρότητα, τοποθετώντας την αξιοπρέπεια του ανθρώπου στο επίκεντρο της αφήγησης. «Η ιστορία ενός αιχμαλώτου» έχει αναγνωριστεί ως ένα σημαντικό ευρωπαϊκό παράδειγμα της αντιπολεμικής λογοτεχνίας του 20ού αιώνα.
12,00 € 10,80 €