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The Penguin Historical Atlas of Ancient Greece (Penguin Historical Atlases)
The Penguin Historical Atlas of Ancient Greece (Penguin Historical Atlases)
by Robert Morkot
Edition: Paperback
Price: £15.24

17 of 20 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Introduction to Ancient Greece, 6 July 2004
This book offers a excellent basic view of Ancient Greek History in rougly chonological order, from the earliest farms of 7000 BC to the defeat of Mithridates in 63BC.
Each chapter combines concise explinations supported by a variety of colourful maps, photographs and diagrams to keep the reader interested.
Its a must for anyone new to the subject or those who have a general interest.

My Angel Rocks Back and Forth [CD + DVD]
My Angel Rocks Back and Forth [CD + DVD]
Offered by westworld-
Price: £8.48

4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing, 6 July 2004
A great package and introduction to Four Tet. The DVD contains one of the best music video's I have ever seen 'As Serious as Your Life'. All I can say is that Morris dancing has credability for the very first time.
The music is a mesh of funk, jazz, folk, electriconica, psychedelia and more, all mixed up and brought together, delivering very pleasing results. The inclusion of the DVD is a nice touch and I guarentee the video's will leave you feeling amused and gratified, if not a little twisted! A bargain for the price.
If you like truly accomplished musicians (in this case Kieran Hebden and friends) working at the forefront of modern music then buy this. If you like 'Boy Bands', 'Nu Metal' etc, then you should still buy this and tutor yourselves in the ways of righteousness and see what quality music is all about.

Gilgamesh (Chatto poetry)
Gilgamesh (Chatto poetry)
by Derrek Hines
Edition: Paperback
Price: £8.99

4.0 out of 5 stars A modern Gilgamesh, 21 Jan. 2003
A modern interpretation on the epic Gilgamesh is by no means an easy task, however this is a great example of how it should be done. Hines has managed to succesfully transpose a modern dialectic onto the oldest epic poem or indeed any literature, without losing the magic and intensity of the original translations.
I was concerned at first that referances to modern events and items and modern conceptions of life and morality may detract from the important symbolism and metaphor of the classic Gilgamesh, as well as the historical aspect. I was wrong. It helps to connect the modern, perhaps unfamilar, reader with the most important aspects of the old and sometimes difficult text. Many traditionalist may disagree, but without learning Cuneiform and interpreting the original tablets it is imposible for someone like me to properly judge anyone else's interpretation anyway.
Hines' poetry really stands up on its own merit and in places it almost seems incidental that it charts the story of Gilgamesh. The imagery he uses is outstanding and this is highlighted in the battle between Gilgamesh and his opposite Enkidu and later, their battle against the Demon of the Cedar grove which Hines interprets as a wizard.
All in all, this is a well written, refreshing and modern take on the story.
A must for fans of the epic tradition and ancient literature or students looking for a good and helpful interpretation.
You may also like to check out the Shamus Heeney's take on Beo Wolf if you liked Gilgamesh.

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