Dinner with Persephone: Travels in Greece by Patricia Storace

By Patricia Storace

A brand new York occasions striking booklet of the Year

"Full of insights, marvelously pleasing . . . haunting and fantastically written."
--The long island evaluation of Books

"I lived in Athens, on the intersection of a prostitute and a saint." So starts off Patricia Storace's staggering memoir of her 12 months in Greece. blending affection with detachment, rapture with readability, this American poet completely inspires a rustic delicately balanced among East and West.

Whether she is reading Hellenic dream books, pop songs, and cleaning soap operas, describing breathtakingly appealing shorelines and archaic villages, or braving the overwhelm at a saint's tomb, Storace, winner of the Whiting Award, rewards the reader with educated and sensual insights into Greece's soul. She sees how the country's satisfaction in its prior coexists with profound doubts approximately its position within the sleek international. She discovers a global within which previous and current have interaction in a passionate discussion. trendy, humorous, and erudite, Dinner with Persephone is shuttle writing increased to an outstanding art--and the easiest ebook of its sort considering that Henry Miller's The Colossus of Maroussi.

"Splendid. Storace's account of a yr in Greece combines prior and current, legend and truth, in an strange and pleasant complete. "
--Atlantic per 30 days

Show description

Read or Download Dinner with Persephone: Travels in Greece PDF

Similar greece books

A History of the Hellenistic World: 323 - 30 BC

A background of the Hellenistic global presents a fascinating examine the Macedonian monarchies within the interval following the reign of Alexander the good, and examines their influence at the Greek world.
•Offers a truly equipped narrative with specific emphasis on kingdom and governmental structures
•Makes huge use of inscriptions in translation to demonstrate the ongoing power of the Greek urban states ahead of the Roman conquest
•Emphasizes the explicit Macedonian origins of all lively individuals within the production of the Hellenistic world
•Highlights the relationships among Greek city-states and Macedonian monarchies

Philosophical Grounds of Rationality: Intentions, Categories, Ends

H. P. Grice is understood mostly for his influential contributions to the philosophy of language, yet his paintings additionally contains treatises at the philosophy of brain, ethics, and metaphysics--much of that is unpublished so far. This selection of unique essays through such philosophers as Nancy Cartwright, Donald Davidson, Gilbert Harman, and P.

A Companion to Greek and Roman Political Thought

Includes 34 essays from top students in historical past, classics, philosophy, and political technology to light up Greek and Roman political suggestion in all its range and intensity. bargains a extensive survey of historical political concept from Archaic Greece via overdue Antiquity techniques historic political philosophy from either a normative and old concentration Examines Greek and Roman political suggestion inside old context and modern debate Explores the function of historic political suggestion in a number philosophies, equivalent to the person and neighborhood, human rights, faith, and cosmopolitanism

Oxford Studies in Ancient Philosophy, Volume 48

Oxford reviews in historic Philosophy is a quantity of unique articles on all elements of historical philosophy. The articles might be of considerable size, and comprise serious notices of significant books. OSAP is now released two times each year, in either hardback and paperback. 'The serial Oxford stories in old Philosophy (OSAP) is fairlyregarded because the best venue for booklet in historic philosophy.

Additional resources for Dinner with Persephone: Travels in Greece

Example text

According to legend, her grip shielded his heel from the sacred waters and the boy remained mortal after all. In a similar way, the emotional grip of Olympias may have contributed to the vulnerability of her own brilliant son. THE DIONYSIAC CULT IN MACEDONIA Alexander’s parents, both of whom were formidable influences in his life, each enjoyed a special relationship with the god Dionysus. Philip took pride in his drinking prowess, and Olympias showed uninhibited devotion to her god. As a young man Alexander seems to have been contemptuous of his father’s excessive drinking, but it was a practice he would emulate later in life.

112 The king may have surmised that his son would make a better impression in Athens. 113 He would have served as a caricature of the most unflattering Athenian assumptions about Macedonians. 114 Macedonian aristocrats were known for their hunting, fighting, gambling, and drinking. 117 Greek poets, painters, and philosophers had been lured to Pella since the reign of the Macedonian king Archelaus (c. 413–399). ”119 Given this prevailing attitude, most Athenians in the fourth century probably agreed with Demosthenes’ pronouncement that “‘he [Philip] is not [a] Greek, nor related to the Greeks,’”120 Yet Alexander did fit the Greek mold.

She helped to instill in the boy the conviction that he would become an overwhelming success in his own right. The relationship between Alexander and his mother was an important, and to this day still is a mysterious, aspect of his life. ”39 There is little doubt that she was one of the dominant influences in his early life. Even after Alexander had succeeded Philip, their relationship was always marked by affection and loyalty. When Alexander crossed the Hellespont to Asia in 334, Olympias remained in Europe as his redoubtable supporter.

Download PDF sample

Rated 4.55 of 5 – based on 28 votes