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Fragments of Death, Fables of Identity: An Athenian Anthropography
Fragments of Death, Fables of Identity: An Athenian Anthropography
by Eleni Panourgia
Edition: Paperback
Price: CDN$ 24.10
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5.0 out of 5 stars An innovative and important book, June 3 2009
This book works on several different levels: an ethnography of contemporary Athens, a contribution to the large and growing literature on death rituals in Greece, and an experiment in ethnographic writing, going beyond "self reflexivity" to produce an ethnography of the self. I was recommending it to others almost from the moment I picked it up.

The Nation and its Ruins: Antiquity, Archaeology, and National Imagination in Greece
The Nation and its Ruins: Antiquity, Archaeology, and National Imagination in Greece
by Yannis Hamilakis
Edition: Hardcover
Price: CDN$ 147.96
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5.0 out of 5 stars An absolutely marvelous book, June 3 2009
This is a very unusual text -- an academic page turner! Hamilakis tells the story of the political uses of the material remains of the past in Modern Greece in a manner that is scholarly, provocative, insightful, and, dare I say it, entertaining. I particularly recommend the chapter which describes the compulsory construction of models of the Parthenon as part of the reeducation of political prisoners. A stunning example of what engaged scholarship can accomplish without sacrificing one bit of intellectual rigour.

Greek: An Essential Grammar of the Modern Language
Greek: An Essential Grammar of the Modern Language
by David Holton
Edition: Paperback
Price: CDN$ 46.28
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4.0 out of 5 stars Very useful grammar book, June 3 2009
A very useful reference work for those at intermediate to advanced levels in the study of Greek or, I would imagine, for comparative linguists looking for a good overview of the language. I find myself consulting it several times a week. It's not a substitute for class tuition or a course that teaches beginners, as to use it effectively you really need to have some prior knowledge of the language, but it is a very valuable addition to other study methods.

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