Florence, Naples, Capri, Pompeii, Segesta, Selinunte, Agrigento and Syracuse -- seen in this leisurely travel book as they must be seen: not only as they are today but as they were -- in…
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Florence, Naples, Capri, Pompeii, Segesta, Selinunte, Agrigento and Syracuse -- seen in this leisurely travel book as they must be seen: not only as they are today but as they were -- in Cicero's time, and in Virgil's, and even earlier than that.
The author, a literate, fluent, and sensuous observer whose classical background is never stuffy, renders his impressions of a trip across the Channel from England, through France, into Italy and the Mediterranean islands.
Receptive to impressions major and minor, his knowledge of antiquity lending enrichment, perspective, and continuity to what he sees, Professor Green offers us the call of the sun: the unsqueezed grape of vigorous and inquiring youth. We make this odyssey with him, metamorphosed, seeing through his eyes, wondering, testing, loving.
Armchair travelling, vicarious and slightly poignant adventure; riding. striding down the peninsula, the sea and the brown hill, the little villages, the Renaissance palaces and the ruined colossi white in the sun, the picked bones of fabulous cultures. A lovely world, new and growing all the time as the horizon of the mind stretches and the eye expands to encompass it.
All the joy of travel, it's yours!
Professor Peter Green was educated at Cambridge University where he won high honors in Classics.