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Seller: ancientgifts (4,385) 100% Top-Rated Plus, Location: Lummi Island, Washington, Ships to: Worldwide, Item: 122251663533 Some Talk of Alexander: A Journey Through Space and Time in the Greek World by Frederick Raphael. DESCRIPTION: Hardback with Dust Jacket: 336 pages. Publisher: Thames & Hudson; (2006). ISBN: 0500512884. Frederic Raphael’s vivid, far-reaching and often surprising take on the classical world will provoke, engage, and amuse every reader. From Helen of Troy to Marilyn Monroe; from Homer to Robert de Niro, “Some Talk of Alexander” is not only for the classicist. The history of the Olympic Games sits happily beside the jealous, vengeful, and frequently violent machinations of the gods, while the fate of mythological heroes and villains is as relevant and absorbing as the author’s reflections on modern Greece. Raphael’s theme is, above all, the interplay between myth and history, between politics and the theatre, and between philosophy, religion, and human behavior. This personal journey through history is enhanced by over one hundred well-chosen images, tempting and encouraging the reader to continue along the captivating path. CONDITION: New, never read. PLEASE SEE IMAGES BELOW FOR SAMPLE PAGES FROM INSIDE OF BOOK. PLEASE SEE PUBLISHER, PROFESSIONAL, AND READER REVIEWS BELOW. PUBLISHER REVIEW: REVIEW: “Some Talk of Alexander” is a private odyssey through the art, poetry, politics, warfare, and the men and women of the Greek world. Raphael’s book is a deliberate amalgram, in which the interplay of myth and reason, high ideals and low cunning are seen to work together in the plaited texture of ancient society. Taking examples from different times and places, Raphael depicts the genius and the folly, the heroism and the deviousness of the birthplace of European civilization. Having lived in the Cyclades in the 1960’s, he also recalls the harsh, idyllic life of a Greece untouched by mass tourism, and the infamous Colonels, whose modern tyranny ended in shambles and the return of democracy. Frederic Raphael has written screenplays, novels, short-story collections, essays, and memoirs. He won an Oscar in 1965 for his sparkling screenplay “Darling”, and he has had great success with the films “Far from the Madding Crowd” and “Two for the Road” as well as the television series “The Glittering Prizes” and “After the War”. PROFESSIONAL REVIEWS: REVIEW: Classicist, novelist, screenwriter, traveler, man of lesser extraordinaire, Frederic Raphael brings all his many-hued and manifold talents pointedly to bear in this tour-de-maximum-force around the literature and social foibles of the ancient Greek and Roman worlds. Not even the brightest flash and most dazzling sparkle of his style can obscure the book’s genuine learning and wisdom. Not a few will talk also of Frederic. [Paul Cartledge, Professor of Green History, University of Cambridge] REVIEW: An irresistible blend of sex, politics, history and mythology, Frederic Raphael's vivid, far-reaching and often surprising take on the classical world will provoke, engage and amuse. Infused throughout with Raphael's characteristic dry humor, the details of mythological and historical personalities and events, along with the parallels of modern history, politics and society, make for an idiosyncratic and original exploration of the subject. REVIEW: A personal journey through Greek history, juxtaposed with remarkable images that vividly depict, trace, and reinforce the art and life of the times. Do "the classics" still have relevance at the start of the twenty-first century? Or are they just an outdated repository of class vanity, racial prejudice, and pedantic obscurantism, rooted in abstruse texts and concerned almost entirely with the activities of dead white males in strange costumes? In this wise and witty work, Frederic Raphael springs to the defense of a much-maligned but bracingly elitist world. An erudite, wide-ranging, fluent, and original piece of writing, “Some Talk of Alexander” leads us from the personal experiences of the author in modern Greece into the rich store of Greek civilization: its art, politics, philosophy, mores, warfare, ethics, personal relationships, government, and literature. 106 illustrations. REVIEW: Screenwriter, novelist and translator Raphael, who won an Oscar in 1965 for his screenplay for “Darling”, conducts a multi-faceted journey through ancient Greece. He regales us with well-known tales of Greek military leaders (Alexander, Pericles), playwrights (Aeschylus, Sophocles, Euripides) and philosophers (Thales, Heraclitus, Plato, Aristotle). Using Aristophanes' comedy about Socrates, Clouds, Raphael observes that philosophy was more a subject of derision than praise until Athens fell apart politically. The author demonstrates how deeply Greece influenced modern drama, Sartre's “The Flies” as a version of Euripides' “Orestes” for example, and argues that Menander's New Comedy provides the model for contemporary soap opera, with its "intricate joinery and stock characters”. Drawing on his own journeys to Greece, Raphael observes how little that country has changed over the centuries. For example, he compares the short-lived reign of the fifth-century B.C. Athenian aristocrat Aristeides with the short-lived coup in 1967 of the aristocrats known as the Colonels. READER REVIEW: REVIEW: A lighthearted tour of Greek civilization and history, presented by the Oscar-winning screenplay writer for “Darling”, traces his personal experiences in modern Greece while offering depictions of the region's art, politics, government, and more. Exceptionally well-written and highly recommended! I always ship books Media Mail in a padded mailer. This book is shipped FOR FREE via USPS INSURED media mail (“book rate”). All domestic shipments and most international shipments will include free USPS Delivery Confirmation (you might be able to update the status of your shipment on-line at the USPS Web Site and free insurance coverage). A small percentage of international shipments may require an additional fee for tracking and/or delivery confirmation. If you are concerned about a little wear and tear to the book in transit, I would suggest a boxed shipment - it is an extra $1.00. Whether via padded mailer or box, we will give discounts for multiple purchases. International orders are welcome, but shipping costs are substantially higher. Most international orders cost an additional $12.99 to $33.99 for an insuredshipment in a heavily padded mailer, and typically includes some form of rudimentary tracking and/or delivery confirmation (though for some countries, this is only available at additional cost). There is also a discount program which can cut postage costs by 50% to 75% if you’re buying about half-a-dozen books or more (5 kilos+). Rates and available services vary a bit from country to country. You can email or message me for a shipping cost quote, but I assure you they are as reasonable as USPS rates allow, and if it turns out the rate is too high for your pocketbook, we will cancel the sale at your request. ADDITIONAL PURCHASES do receive a VERY LARGE discount, typically about $5 per book (for each additional book after the first) so as to reward you for the economies of combined shipping/insurance costs. Your purchase will ordinarily be shipped within 48 hours of payment. We package as well as anyone in the business, with lots of protective padding and containers. All of our shipments are sent via insured mail so as to comply with PayPal requirements. We do NOT recommend uninsured shipments, and expressly disclaim any responsibility for the loss of an uninsured shipment. Unfortunately the contents of parcels are easily “lost” or misdelivered by postal employees – even in the USA. That’s why all of our domestic shipments (and most international) shipments include a USPS delivery confirmation tag; or are trackable or traceable, and all shipments (international and domestic) are insured. We do offer U.S. Postal Service Priority Mail, Registered Mail, and Express Mail for both international and domestic shipments, as well United Parcel Service (UPS) and Federal Express (Fed-Ex). Please ask for a rate quotation. We will accept whatever payment method you are most comfortable with. If upon receipt of the item you are disappointed for any reason whatever, I offer a no questions asked return policy. Send it back, I will give you a complete refund of the purchase price (less our original shipping costs). Most of the items I offer come from the collection of a family friend who was active in the field of Archaeology for over forty years. However many of the items also come from purchases I make in Eastern Europe, India, and from the Levant (Eastern Mediterranean/Near East) from various institutions and dealers. Though I have always had an interest in archaeology, my own academic background was in sociology and cultural anthropology. After my retirement however, I found myself drawn to archaeology as well. Aside from my own personal collection, I have made extensive and frequent additions of my own via purchases on Ebay (of course), as well as many purchases from both dealers and institutions throughout the world – but especially in the Near East and in Eastern Europe. I spend over half of my year out of the United States, and have spent much of my life either in India or Eastern Europe. In fact much of what we generate on Yahoo, Amazon and Ebay goes to support The Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg, as well as some other worthy institutions in Europe connected with Anthropology and Archaeology. I acquire some small but interesting collections overseas from time-to-time, and have as well some duplicate items within my own collection which I occasionally decide to part with. Though I have a collection of ancient coins numbering in the tens of thousands, my primary interest is in ancient jewelry. My wife also is an active participant in the "business" of antique and ancient jewelry, and is from Russia. I would be happy to provide you with a certificate/guarantee of authenticity for any item you purchase from me. There is a $2 fee for mailing under separate cover. Whenever I am overseas I have made arrangements for purchases to be shipped out via domestic mail. If I am in the field, you may have to wait for a week or two for a COA to arrive via international air mail. But you can be sure your purchase will arrive properly packaged and promptly - even if I am absent. And when I am in a remote field location with merely a notebook computer, at times I am not able to access my email for a day or two, so be patient, I will always respond to every email. Please see our "ADDITIONAL TERMS OF SALE." TRANSLATE Arabic Chinese French German Greek Indonesian Italian Hindi Japanese Korean Swedish Portuguese Russian Spanish Material: Some Talk of Alexander

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