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Mediterranean Winter

Mediterranean Winter

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Written by Robert D. KaplanAuthor Alerts:  Random House will alert you to new works by Robert D. Kaplan

  • Format: Trade Paperback, 272 pages
  • Publisher: Vintage
  • On Sale: March 8, 2005
  • Price: $16.00
  • ISBN: 978-0-375-71433-7 (0-375-71433-2)
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In Mediterranean Winter, we journey with Robert Kaplan through the Mediterranean, basking in the glow of gypsum lamps and the lime-washed mosques of Tunisia; and to Jugurtha's Table, a giant mesa 45-miles southwest of the Algerian border. We travel to the 5th Century Doric Temple at Segesta, to Palermo, a "city in terra cotta," and to Hadrian's Villa in Tivoli, the "Versailles of the ancient world." We witness the changes time imposed on Corinth, where modern commerce degrades what, in ancient times, was called the "Sacred Way." And we explore, through Kaplan's restless gaze, the Roman emperor Diocletian's palace near the Adriatic coast and the Acrocorinth, the natural Morean citadel dating from the eighth century BC.

In the true spirit of travel, Robert Kaplan brings to his explorations a deep grasp of history and literature; the great epics of Virgil and Homer, as well as the historical accounts provided by Thucydides, shape his every observation. He also introduces us to himself as a young man; these journeys were among his first and played a central role in forging the acclaimed travel writer he would later become. As Kaplan says of his Mediterranean adventure, “That winter, I learned that history forms the starting point for whatever drama happens to be occurring at any time anywhere.”

“Artful and intelligent . . . . Kaplan's book has made its own mark. . . I am able to feel the sense of an exotic and timeless part of the world.” —Bob Hoover, Pittsburg Post-Gazette

“[Kaplan] helps the distant past resonate today. . . . [He] teaches lessons that are informative and concise.” —The Washington Post Book World

“A writer of extraordinary intellect and passion . . . with a wonderfully lucid way of relating history as a living thing.” —San Francisco Chronicle

“Erudite and intrepid. . . . [Kaplan] is a deft guide to wherever he chooses to lead you.” —The New York Times