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Culture and Customs of Greece (Culture and Customs of the World)by Artemis Leontis
Synopses & Reviews
The Parthenon. Plato, Socrates, and Aristotle. Homer's epic poems. Gods and goddesses lounging around, indulging in pleasures on Mount Olympus. All of these images bring to mind the traditional icons of Greece, the cradle of Western Civilization. But what do we know of modern Greece? The answer to that question and more can be found in this comprehensive look at contemporary Greek culture. This one-stop reference source is packed with illustrative descriptions of daily life in Greece in the 21st century. Ideal for high school students and even undergraduates interested in studying abroad, this extensive volume examines topics such as religion, social customs, leisure life, festivals, language, literature, performing arts, media, and modern art and architecture, among many other topics. Woven into the text are beautiful and accurate vignettes of Greek life, helping to illustrate how it is people live. A crossroads between Europe, Africa, and the Middle East, Greece is fighting to hold on to the culture of yesterday, while still looking toward modernity. Culture and Customs of Greece is a must-have volume for all high school and public library shelves.
Book News Annotation:
Leontis presents an overview of the culture and traditions of Greece that is aimed at general readers and students. He provides information on the land, people, history, religion, society, leisure, holidays, food, language and literature, music and dance, media, theater, cinema, and architecture and art of the country, focusing on the language as the center of the culture. Annotation ©2009 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
Discover Greece-an ancient world in a modern time, the cradle of civilization, and birthplace of democracy-in this must have volume.
Chapters Cover Crucial Topics Such As: - the land and history - the people, language, food, and traditional dress - religion and thought - social customs and lifestyle - media - literature - marriage, family, women's roles, and education - performing arts, music, and cinema - art and architecture
About the Author
ARTEMIS LEONTIS is an Associate Professor of Modern Greek at the University of Michigan.
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