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Santorini and Mykonos
Mykonos, by Visit Greece
Santorini and Mykonos, two of the Greek Cyclade islands, have grown to be some of Greece's most sought-after destinations. Mykonos, with its views of pristine chapels and clear waters, and Santorini, home to an active volcano whose crater lies in the sea, both allow visitors opportunities they won't otherwise find. Jacques Costeau, a famous French explorer, also searched for the lost city of Atlantis in Santorini.
Publication Date: 1996
Based on a true story of the author's own mother, Eleni explores the life of Eleni Gatzoyiannis, a Greek woman who was captured and killed during the country's civil war in 1948, after helping her children to escape a prison camp. Gage writes this story in search of uncovering the life of his own mother, and the legacy she left behind.
Daphnis and Chloe by
Call Number: PA4229.L8 E5 1977
Publication Date: 1977
Another renowned novel set in the Greek Islands, Daphnis and Chloe is an unconventional, humorous, and poignant story of two young individuals exploring the passion and adventures of love as placed upon them by the Greek god, Eros.
Artemision Zeus or Poesidon, left view, c. 460 B.C.E., by Steven Zucker
Greece in Fiction
The Song of Achilles by
Call Number: PS3613.I553 S65 2011
Publication Date: 2012
Author Madeline Miller retells the adventurous and provocative story of Achilles, a legendary Greek hero, during the Trojan War.
The Olympian: A Tale of Ancient Hellas by
Publication Date: 2008
The year of 480 BCE in ancient Greece brought forth a time of great camaraderie and images of unparalleled courage--both through the 75th Olympiad athletic competition, and the great war between the Spartans and the Persian Empire.
Data from the Decade of the Sixties by
Call Number: PA5633.A4 S7613 2000
Publication Date: 2000
This award-winning novel takes the form of short letters from individuals seeking advice from Mrs. Mina, short news stories, and advertisements. It highlights the inevitable friction caused by past values coming into conflict with present realities. Set in the 1960s, a time of cultural transformation around the world, Greece is undergoing a political change from monarchy to republic by way of dictatorship. Fictional documents represent the lovelorn looking for advice, emigration applicants making their case to the government, gossip columnists, celebrities, and radio personalities.
Crete and the Greek Islands
Delos, by Visit Greece
Greece is home to over 6,000 islands, with only a small fraction of them inhabited. Offering visitors an unparalleled experience, those who come to the islands can enjoy the luxury of their many beaches and savory food, while also enjoying an adventure through any of Greece's historical sites and unique architecture.
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Coordinator for Humanities Collections
For more information concerning this Penn excursion, please visit the Penn Alumni Travel Website.
The Island of Crete
Crete 1, by Krzysztof Kozłowski
Crete is Greece's largest island, and is home to a wide range of beautiful beaches, snow-capped mountains, incredible architecture, and lively neighborhoods. Crete plays a large role in Greek mythology, with Zeus having grown to maturity in a local cave of Crete, after being hidden as a newborn by goddess Rhea.
Crete 1941: The Battle and the Resistance by
Publication Date: 2014
Home to one of the most unforgettable battles of WWII, Crete 1941 delves into the story of Nazi Germany's attempts to solidify an easy victory over the island, only to be met with extreme and unforeseen resistance.
Greek Islands Vacation Travel Guide
Up at the Pantheon, by Charles Roffey
One of the most famous and important cities of both Greece and Europe as a whole, Athens was a ground-breaking city which brought forth some of the most prominent philosophers, architects, and political thinkers throughout history. Athens was home to the first democracy ever developed, as well as being home to the teachings of Aristotle and Plato. Athens has since helped to develop the revival of the Olympic games, and has some of the world's most incredible museums and archaeological sites. Athens remains one of the most dazzling cities to visit, and continues to entice visitors with additional perks including their vibrant nightlife and sandy beaches.
Call Number: DF919 .M35 2014
Publication Date: 2014
Athens immerses readers in this detailed novel of the city's evolutionary history.
Ancient Greek Philosophy by
Call Number: B171 .B53 2011
Publication Date: 2011
An extensive look of various modes of thought curated by some of philosophy's most prominent figures.
The History of Greece
The Athenian Acropolis. Courtesy of commons.wikimedia.org.
The Ancient Greeks by
Call Number: DF214 .D55 2012
Publication Date: 2012
Read this book before or after your travels. It is an oversized 651 pages providing a thematic approach to the history and culture of Ancient Greece. The layout, extensive indexing, and detailed table of contents make it amenable to selecting a section of interest.
It's All Greek to Me by
Call Number: DF78 .H63 2010
Publication Date: 2010
One can't read Homer without realizing how the ancient epics have left their mark on all aspects of our present day culture and imagination. The authors of this book set out to make the connection between Greek culture and the culture of the 21st century.
A Cabinet of Greek Curiosities by
Call Number: DF78 .M35 2013
Publication Date: 2013
Written by a long time professor of classics at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, this book is an excellent book to have nearby as you travel. Divided into categories such as Athletics, Mathematics, Greeks and Barbarians, Athens, Women, and many more, it is filled with quotations from the ancients, pieces of information, snippets from ancient literature and history. Intended to amuse and inspire.