I recently signed up with the home delivery program at my local library. This means that I can select titles and they'll deliver them to me for free as well as pick them up when I need to return them. Anyway, I sent the librarian a request for books on Greece from ancient times to the present day. As far as the ancient material, I'm lookng not only for academic books with good scholarship explaining how Hellenic Polytheism was practised then, but for accurate or at least decent translations of ancient texts. As for the other things, I'd like information on history and culture as well as some modern Greek literature in translation. Anyway, this is part of what she sent me.
"Of all our books on Greek mythology, the most promising seems to be "Greek Myths:
Gods, Heroes and Monsters," by Ellen Switzer. Its sub-subtitle is "Their Sources,
Their Stories, and Their Meanings." We also have Hamilton's and Bulfinch's books on
mythology, as well as several titles by Joseph Campbell.
Most of our books on Greek history cover the classical period.To name three: "A
History of Greece," by J. B. Bury, "The Peloponnesian War," by Donald Kagan, and
"The Visible Past: Recent Archaeological Discoveries of Greek and Roman History," by
Michael Grant. We have several titles on Byzantium. As for modern Greek history, I
would have to request something for you from another library. We also have books on the big names of classical literature: Homer, Euripides, Aeschylus, etc."
She also said that if they don't have certain titles, she could contact other libraries in the county to see what they have. My questions is are any of the works she suggested worth reading and can you recommend any other titles that I should read? Even if you don't think the libraries would have them because they're very specific, please tell me because I may be able to find them online for a good price. If you could think of any good books on Greece after antiquity, please let me know. I'm also looking for this one book but my information on it is very little. It's used by immigrants to practise for the proficiency in Greek language and culture examination. The book is called "A Brief History of Greeks and Their culture" and it consists of 108 pages. Right now, it's being revised, but I'd like the version with all the questions in it before I can no longer find it. Any help would be sincerely appreciated. The librarian said she can't get any books that weren't published in the United States. Finally, I'm very interested in making a list of modern books about Hellenic Polytheism, everything from hymns to essays to scholarship on how we follow The Gods today. My goal is to buy them and to donate them to my library so that others may be informed. It's not much, but it's a little something I'd like to do to spread knowledge of our religion. Thanks in advance for all your help.
Love and blessings to all,