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The Singer From Memphis

Author: Gary Corby
Publisher: Soho Press
ISBN: 1616956690
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This “witty” mystery set in ancient Greece is “sure to amuse Lindsey Davis and Elizabeth Peters fans” (Booklist, starred review). In this historical murder mystery that “blends humor with fascinating details about the ancient world,” Nicolaos, the only private investigator in Athens, discovers that helping a writer with his book research can be very dangerous (Library Journal). Would-be author Herodotus has hired Nico and his priestess wife, Diotima, to accompany him to Egypt to research that ancient country’s history. Unfortunately, Egypt happens to be in the throes of a rebellion against its overlords, the Persian Empire. Pirates infest the sea route. Three different armies roam the Egyptian countryside. The river is full of crocodiles. Everywhere Nico turns, there’s a secret agent ready to kill him, and possibly worse, he can’t find a decent cup of wine anywhere. A simple investigation is about to turn into a dangerous adventure of international espionage, in a novel that is “recommended for lovers of historical mystery and all things ancient Greek (and Egyptian and Persian and Libyan)” (Historical Novel Society).

Death On Delos

Author: Gary Corby
Publisher: Soho Press
ISBN: 1616958227
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​In the seventh in Gary Corby's Athenian Mystery series, Nico and Diotima must solve a murder case while also preparing to have a baby. Set on the sacred island of Delos in 5th century BC, Death on Delos is full of humor and historical intrigue. ​ Greece, 454 BC: The sacred isle of Delos, the birthplace of the divine twins Apollo and Artemis, has been a most holy pilgrimage site for centuries. Delos is also home to the military fund kept by the Delian League, the alliance of city-states that defended Greece against the Persians, and that vast treasury is protected only by the priests and priestesses of the tiny isle and a scant armed guard. Then one day the charismatic Athenian statesman Pericles arrives at the head of a small army to forcibly take the treasury back to the safety of Athens. With him are Nico, the only private agent in ancient Athens, and his heavily pregnant wife and partner in sleuthing, the priestess Diotima. She has been selected to give this year’s annual offering to holy Artemis. In the face of righteous resistance from the priests, Pericles assigns Nico to bribe their leader. But before he can get very far with this dubiously unholy task, Nico ends up with a murder on his hands. It is a crime against the gods to die or be born on the sacred island. Thanks to the violence over the treasury, the first blasphemy has already been committed. Can Nico solve the murder and get Diotima off the island before they accidentally commit the second?

Traumpfade

Author: Bruce Chatwin
Publisher:
ISBN: 9783596509508
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Englischer Autor (1940-1989). - Arkady Wolschok, ein Australier russischer Herkunft, führt den Erzähler in die mysteriöse Welt der Aborigines ein. Der Kosmopolit mit Universitätsabschluss hat Java, Indien, Afghanistan und große Teile Europas bereist. Nun versucht er im trocken-heißen Nordterritorium Australiens beim Straßen- und Eisenbahnbau oder bei Ölbohrungen zu verhindern, dass die heiligen Stätten der Aborigines zerstört werden. Aufbau: Traumpfade ist Reisebuch, Abenteuergeschichte, Ideenroman und Fortschrittssatire, geistige Autobiografie und romantische Komödie zugleich. Auf seiner Initiationsreise begegnet der Erzähler einem Panoptikum schräger Persönlichkeiten. Militante Ureinwohner verteidigen ihr Land gegen die Einflüsse der Zivilisation wie Fast Food, Alkoholismus und Umweltverschmutzung. Christliche Missionare wachen eifersüchtig über ihre”eingeborenen“Schafe, weiße Siedler breiten sich mit rücksichtsloser Arroganz aus. Bei seiner Wanderung durch das Land, das im 18. Jahrhundert von Sträflingen aus Großbritannien besiedelt wurde, trifft der Erzähler Trunkenbolde, Verrückte, Schurken und Heilige. Den Roman durchziehen Anekdoten und exotische Geschichten, grandiose Landschaftsbeschreibungen und Reflexionen über die menschliche Natur. Mitten im Erzählfluss tauchen Tagebuchnotizen und Interviews auf, u. a. mit dem Verhaltensforscher Konrad R Lorenz. Sagen, Legenden und Zitate von Buddha bis Arthur R Rimbaud, von R Herodot bis Søren R Kierkegaard verdichten das künstlerische Anliegen.

Death Ex Machina

Author: Gary Corby
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ISBN: 9781616956769
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A theatrical murder sends classical Athens into uproar It's the time of the Great Dionysia, the largest arts festival of the ancient world, held each year in honor of Dionysos, the god of wine. But there's a problem: A ghost is haunting Athens's grand theater. Nicolaos and his clever partner in sleuthing (and now in matrimony), the priestess Diotima, are hired to rid the theater of the ghost so that the festival can begin. With the help of Theokritos, the High Priest of Dionysos, they exorcise the ghost publicly, while secretly suspecting that a human saboteur is the actual culprit. Their efforts to protect the theater fall short when one of the actors is found hanged from the machine used to carry actors through the air when they play the part of gods. It's quite a theatrical murder. As Nico and Diotima dig into the actor's past, they discover all was not as it seemed. There are enough suspects to fill a theater. As the festival approaches and pressure mounts on all sides, can they hunt down the killer in time? Or will they simply have to hope for a deus ex machina?

Babylon Memphis Persepolis

Author: Walter Burkert
Publisher: Harvard University Press
ISBN: 9780674014893
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At the distant beginning of Western civilization, according to European tradition, Greece stands as an insular, isolated, near-miracle of burgeoning culture. This book traverses the ancient world's three great centers of cultural exchange--Babylonian Nineveh, Egyptian Memphis, and Iranian Persepolis--to situate classical Greece in its proper historical place, at the Western margin of a more comprehensive Near Eastern-Aegean cultural community that emerged in the Bronze Age and expanded westward in the first millennium B.C. In concise and inviting fashion, Walter Burkert lays out the essential evidence for this ongoing reinterpretation of Greek culture. In particular, he points to the critical role of the development of writing in the ancient Near East, from the achievement of cuneiform in the Bronze Age to the rise of the alphabet after 1000 B.C. From the invention and diffusion of alphabetic writing, a series of cultural encounters between "Oriental" and Greek followed. Burkert details how the Assyrian influences of Phoenician and Anatolian intermediaries, the emerging fascination with Egypt, and the Persian conquests in Ionia make themselves felt in the poetry of Homer and his gods, in the mythic foundations of Greek cults, and in the first steps toward philosophy. A journey through the fluid borderlines of the Near East and Europe, with new and shifting perspectives on the cultural exchanges these produced, this book offers a clear view of the multicultural field upon which the Greek heritage that formed Western civilization first appeared.

Atlas Obscura

Author: Joshua Foer
Publisher: Mosaik Verlag
ISBN: 3641207118
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Der außergewöhnlichste Reiseführer der Welt Der Atlas Obscura sieht nur auf den ersten Blick aus wie ein Reiseführer. Es ist vor allem ein Buch zum Lesen und Träumen – eine Wunderkammer voller unerwarteter, bizarrer und mysteriöser Orte, die gleichermaßen Wunderlust und Wanderlust hervorrufen. Jede einzelne Seite dieses außergewöhnlichen Buchs erweitert unseren Horizont und zeigt uns, wie wunderbar und schräg die Welt in Wirklichkeit ist. Fesselnde Texte, hunderte von fantastischen Fotos, überraschende Fakten und Karten für jede Region des Globus machen es nahezu unmöglich, nicht gleich die nächste Seite aufzuschlagen und weiterzuschmökern! Eine erstaunliche Liebeserklärung an die Welt, in der wir leben.