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The Pocket Oxford Greek Dictionary
The Pocket Oxford Greek Dictionary
by J.T. Pring
Edition: Paperback
Price: CDN$ 12.96
45 used & new from CDN$ 7.23

5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent portable dictionary, March 12 2004
I bought this dictionary last year to replace a Collins version now some 20 years old. Although a little large for the actual pocket, it is certainly small and light enough to take with you while traveling. An advantage of the medium size is that the type is not minuscule and you need not squint. After almost one year I have encountered only a handful of words not in the dictionary (mostly technical terms). The translations seem to be accurate, with the commonest synonyms listed first, the spellings are modern, demotic Greek (not katharevousa like my old Collins), the gender of nouns is given, and there is a useful 9-page table of tenses of common verbs at the back (present, aorist active, aorist passive, past particple), which is enough for me not to have to carry around a verbs book as well. I have found no inconsistencies so far in cross-checking the English-Greek against the Greek-English translations. Definitely recommended.

Karajan Gold Great Mass In
Karajan Gold Great Mass In
Price: CDN$ 14.89
28 used & new from CDN$ 11.08

5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing performance, perfect recording, Jan. 10 2003
If I had to forfeit every CD I own and could keep only one, this would be it. The performance is flawless, amazing, beautiful, even mind-altering. I have no problems hearing the quiet parts (and the organ is discernible at times, though not obvious). The star is certainly Barbara Hendricks, who is indeed perfect. Likewise the technical sound reproduction on the CD. I'm sure von Karajan's perfectionism must have been truly satisfied by this creation. The opening bars alone are spine-tingling! If you enjoy Mozart and/or choral music, you will love this CD. I prefer the "Great Mass" even to the already Great "Requiem."

World Of Art Series Minoan And Mycenaean Art
World Of Art Series Minoan And Mycenaean Art
by Reynold Higgins
Edition: Paperback
Price: CDN$ 15.33
14 used & new from CDN$ 12.12

5.0 out of 5 stars Packed with photos and information, Dec 10 2002
This is an excellent guide to the arts of Bronze Age Greece. The book is generously illustrated with good photographs. Higgins's text is densely written and conveys abundant information on the subject matter. The writing style of the accounts (based on areas, periods, and categories of art) is neither dry and technical nor shallow "purple prose," but simply states, usually objectively, what is known. The depth of information for a relatively small book is good. For example, we learn about the characteristic rough surface of Minoan Bronze artefacts and the possible reasons for this. Higgins allows subjective diversions now and then, which can be quite entertaining. One gets the impression that the Minoans were already master craftspeople when the Myceneans were still trying to fashion hats from mud and twigs. However, even the Minoans had their off-days. For example, a Minoan vase with applied ornamentation is described as an unusual lapse of taste (it is decidedly tacky, and I thought it was the Romans who invented bad taste...) This is a fine book from which to gain a sound basic knowledge of Greek Bronze Age art, and certainly one to take to Greece if you intend to visit some of the archaeological sites and museums there.

Frank Kingdon Ward's Riddle of the Tsangpo Gorges
Frank Kingdon Ward's Riddle of the Tsangpo Gorges
by Kenneth (Ed) Cox
Edition: Hardcover
13 used & new from CDN$ 23.04

5.0 out of 5 stars A must-read sequel to Kingdon Ward's original, Aug. 22 2002
In a world where almost everywhere has been explored, it is exciting to read about the world's deepest ravine, almost inaccessible, full of vigin forest, strange plants, and animals, and still not fully explored either by Chinese or Westerners. Frank Kingdon Ward explored it in the 1920s, in what was then Tibet, leaving a stretch of several miles unknown to all but the local tribes. His original book is reproduced as the core of the present one (with some editing of his words to remove comments that would today be viewed as unacceptably racist). There are also accounts of earlier explorations of the region, including the wild borderlands of India to the south, choked by subtropical forests and then populated with violent tribes (this border region is still disputed by China and India). Kingdon Ward was a botanist, focusing on the plant life of the gorge, whereas the new book gives accounts by modern explorers and covers additional aspects, such as Tibetan religion. There are some fascinating photographs: black and white ones by Kingdon Ward and modern color ones. Two I particularly like are the same view of mountains and old-growth forest taken from a cave where Kingdon Ward camped in the 1920s. One is Kingdon Ward's photograph, and the other is taken some 75 years later, with individual trees grown larger, a large glacier melted away, and the treeline higher up the mountains. Recent, separate expeditions by Western and Chinese teams in the 1990s have shrunk the unexplored stretch of the gorge to about three miles. The discoveries of the Westerners are described and illustrated in the book, including a "new" waterfall. Unfortunately, though, politics make an unwelcome intrusion at the end of the story.

The Nature of Mediterranean Europe: An Ecological History
The Nature of Mediterranean Europe: An Ecological History
by A.T. Grove
Edition: Hardcover
2 used & new from CDN$ 49.25

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5.0 out of 5 stars Like "The Making of the Cretan Landscape" but much expanded, Aug. 22 2002
This book has much in common with Rackham & Moody's "The Making of the Cretan Landscape." Indeed, the information from the earlier book seems to form the foundation of the later one. The inclusion of examples from other parts of the Mediterranean region (especially Spain and Italy) expands the new book considerably, so it is certainly true to its title. The new book is more generously illustrated than the earlier one, with more color photographs of various types of vegetation, geological phenomena, ancient trees, etc...

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