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Athos: The Holy Mountain Hardcover – 1 Nov 1982

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Product details

  • Hardcover: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Sidgwick & Jackson Ltd; 1st Edition edition (Nov. 1982)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 028398841X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0283988417
  • Product Dimensions: 28.2 x 24.2 x 2.4 cm
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,129,821 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Well-illustrated guide to Mount Athos.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Insightful and penetrating spiritual protrait 30 Dec. 2009
By Vincent Rossi - Published on
Format: Hardcover
I could not disagree more with the entirely superficial review of this book by Mr. Banducci, who dismissses what is actually a most insightful and penetrating portrait of the Holy Mountain of Athos,apparently because it does not include many photos and the ones that do grace its pages--oh,the mediocrity!--are in black and white. If you are looking for glossy photos in a weighty and ostentatious tome that you can proudly place on your coffee-table, then perhaps this is not the book for you. But if you are looking for an understanding of the raison-etre of Mount Athos, why it exists in the first place, what draws pilgrims and seekers of God to the Holy Mountain, what is the mystery and power of the spiritual practices that are preserved and taught there, and what is the source of its amazing fecundity in producing men of great holiness and spiritual attainment, then this book is perhaps one of the best books you could possibly read on the subject. Philip Sherrard, though not himself a monk, was an Orthodox Christian, a poet,a master of graceful prose, a true lover of the Holy Mountain and an indefatigable pilgrim. From his first visit to Mount Athos in 1951, at a time when there were no paved roads and pilgims traveled on foot or on donkey-back, he visited the Holy Mountain dozens of times over a period of thirty years. He knew the Holy Mountain in every season, both climatic and liturgical, he walked all the steep and tortuous paths between the monasteries, he counted abbots and elders and hermits as friends, spiritual brothers and guides. He was himself a spiritual guide to many. One could not ask for a better guide to the mysteries, magic and wonder of the Holy Mountain of Athos, the thousand year old Garden of the Mother of God, the Mountain of Silence. Highest recommendation.
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful books with Great Photographs 31 Mar. 2016
By Sean Surlow - Published on
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Mount Athos in Greece...
The Holy Mountain.
Wonderful books with Great Photographs.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating subject, mediocre pictures, poorly written 14 Sept. 2008
By Diego Banducci - Published on
Format: Hardcover
With a history stretching back over more than 1,000 years, Mount Athos is one of the oldest monastical sites in the world. Unfortunately, you won't learn much about it from this tedious book.

You will do better with a different selection. Better yet, purchase 60 Minutes - Mt. Athos (April 24, 2011). Unlike this book, which primarily contains black-and-white photographs, the 60 Minutes video is in color and provides a good sense of how beautiful Mount Athos and the monasteries are. It also contains several interesting interviews with the monks, two of whom are from the United States.
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