Greece: The Cradle of Western Civilisation
By Claudia Martin
I received a free copy of Greece from the publisher in exchange for my honest opinion.
Regarded as the cradle of Western civilization, Greece is the birthplace of democracy, Western philosophy, Western literature, political science, major mathematical principles and Western drama, as well as the Olympic Games. But it is also a country of mountains – 80 per cent of the country is mountainous – as well as islands – of more than 1,000 islands, 227 are inhabited. And it has the longest coastline of any Mediterranean country. From antiquity to modernity, from the tallest mountains to the tiniest islands, from the Romans to the Venetians to the Ottomans, Greece is a beautiful photographic exploration of this fascinating country. Arranged by region, the book celebrates such classical highlights as Athens’s Acropolis, the ruins at Mycenae in the Peloponnese, the Byzantine churches of Thessaloniki and the ancient Temple at Delphi. It also explores the beauty of the islands of the Aegean and the Ionian Sea, the Zagori mountains in the northwest of the country and the hydrothermal craters on Nisyros. Presented in a landscape format and with captions explaining the story behind each entry, Greece is a stunning collection of images celebrating one of the world’s most popular destinations.
Summary from Goodreads.
Since international travel is basically not possible, books like this are a great way to travel the world until you are physically able to. While Greece is a relatively popular holiday spot for many Europeans, their is always a place that you may not have been to, and Greece will give you some of these lesser-known locations.
Greece is split into 7 different sections: Athens and Attica, The Peloponnese, Central Greece, Northern Greece, Ionian Islands, Crete, and Aegean Islands. It is amazing to see how different each of these locations look and feel.
A plethora of stunning photos are accompanied by a description of the location. The photos are very varied, and do not just showcase the beauty of Greece. You are teased with local cuisine that looks mouthwatering, from bread to olives a lot is showcased.
A worthwhile coffee table book.
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