is not just another travel book. Nor is it your standard history book.
It is a literary adventure that takes you exploring the history and
culture that made Greece what it was and is. Call it history
the hoof, your personal discovery of a whole new kind of travel
Recollections of Greece have
something of a
dreamlike quality. The mind's eye glides across a field of splendid
visions: Stately temples crown some soaring acropolis. Another perches
high on a rocky headland rising precipitously from a sun-drenched sea.
Less spectacularly, a solitary column, rakishly sporting a Doric
capital, is framed by a rock-strewn hillside against a slate-blue sky.
Such impressions are more than the stuff of dreams. Even the casual
visitor comes away from Athens with perceptions of the Parthenon,
gleaming softly in the sun atop the ancient citadel that was parent to
the modern city. Further afield, no less unforgettable on the cliffs of
Cape Sounion, the temple of Poseidon presides majestically above
Homer's "wine dark sea."
Removed from our work-a-day milieu, a sensitive
traveler soon discovers that these marvels of ancient Hellas evoke a
contemplative mood, one so pervasive that everything else about Greece
—the people, the everyday goings and comings of travel, even the most
prosaic places and sights— all take on a measure of that same dreamlike
aura of nostalgia.
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