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  • Aladdin's Lampby John Freely

    Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group 2009; US$ 13.99

    Aladdin?s Lamp is the fascinating story of how ancient Greek philosophy and science began in the sixth century B.C. and, during the next millennium, spread across the Greco-Roman world, producing the remarkable discoveries and theories of Thales, Pythagoras, Hippocrates, Plato, Aristotle, Euclid, Archimedes, Galen, Ptolemy, and many others. John... more...

  • Ionian Islands, Theby John Freely

    I.B.Tauris 2008; US$ 21.00

    Rising from the waters between Greece and Italy, the Ionians are some of the most culturally, historically and mythologically rich in all Greece. Consisting of Corfu, Paxos, Ithaka, Lefkas, Cephalonia, Zakynthos and Kythera, they have been variously invaded and occupied by the Goths, Arabs, Normans, Venetians and most recently by tourism, yet they... more...

  • Western Shores of Turkey, Theby John Freely

    I.B.Tauris 2004; US$ 25.00

    The Western coast of Turkey has captivated travellers for centuries. With its dramatic mountains and idyllic bays and promontories, scattered with ancient ruins, it is not only one of the most beautiful parts of the country, but is also of great historical interest. 'The Western Shores of Turkey' is the distillation of a succession of journeys that... more...

  • Cycladesby John Freely

    I.B.Tauris 2006; US$ 23.00

    The Cyclades are the quintessential Greek isles, renowned for the beauty of their seascapes, their historical monuments and a unique way of life deeply rooted in the remote past of the Aegean. Over the course of more than 7,000 years the Cyclades have seen a succession of civilizations, the earliest of them perpetuated in legends such as that of Atlantis,... more...

  • Children of Achillesby John Freely

    I.B.Tauris 2009; US$ 32.00

    Since the days of Troy historic lands of Asia Minor have been home to Greeks. They are steeped in a rich fusion of Greek and Turkish culture and the histories of both are irrevocably entwined, fatefully connected. Children of Achilles tells the epic and ultimately tragic story of the Greek presence in Anatolia, beginning with the Trojan War and culminating... more...

  • Grand Turk, Theby John Freely

    I.B.Tauris 2009; US$ 27.00

    Sultan Mehmet II, the Grand Turk, known to his countrymen as Fatih, ?the Conqueror?, and to much of Europe as ?the present Terror of the World?, was once the most feared and powerful ruler in the world. The seventh of his line to rule the Ottoman Turks, Mehmet was barely 21 when he conquered Byzantine Constantinople, which became Istanbul and the capital... more...

  • Light from the Eastby John Freely

    I.B.Tauris 2010; US$ 27.00

    Long before the European Renaissance, while the western world was languishing in what was once called the 'Dark Ages', the Arab world was ablaze with the knowledge, invention and creativity of its Golden Age. This is the story of how Islamic science, which began with the translation of Greek manuscripts into Arabic in eighth-century Baghdad, preserved... more...

  • Before Galileoby John Freely

    Overlook 2013; US$ 12.99

    Histories of modern science often begin with the heroic battle between Galileo and the Catholic Church, which ignited the Scientific Revolution and gave way to the world-changing discoveries of Isaac Newton. Virtually nothing is said about the European scholars who came before. In reality, more than a millennium before the Renaissance, a succession... more...

  • Travel Guide to Homer, Aby John Freely

    I.B.Tauris 2014; US$ 29.00

    In October 1945 at the age of 19, John Freely passed the southernmost tip of Crete on his way home from the war in China, just as Odysseus did on his homeward voyage from the battle of Troy. He has been bewitched by Homer and the lands of Homer's epics ever since. As the culmination of a life spent exploring both these lands and the stories by, and... more...

  • Celestial Revolutionaryby John Freely

    I.B.Tauris 2014; US$ 28.00

    In the spring of 1500, at the apex of the Renaissance, a papal secretary to the Borgia Pope, Alexander VI, wrote that "All the world is in Rome." Though no one knew it at the time, this included a young scholar by the name of Nicolaus Copernicus who would one day change the world. One of the greatest polymaths of his or any age - linguist, lawyer,... more...