A Traveler's Greece: Exploring the History and Culture of Mainland Greeceby William J. Bonville
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This is not just another travel book. Nor is it your standard history book. It is a literary adventure that takes you exploring the history and culture that made Greece what it was and is. Call it history on the hoof, your personal discovery of a whole new kind of travel experience. Sit with Agamemnon in the palace chamber where he gathered his chiefs to plan the expedition against Troy. Stand on the knoll at Thermopylae where remnants of the Spartan three hundred were cut down by a storm of Persian arrows. Toe the mark at Delphi, Epidauros and Olympia, then let imagination revel in the crowd's roar heard from two millennia past. At Mystras stand in contemplation above the double headed imperial eagle marking the spot where the last emperor of the line that began with Julius Caesar underwent the ritual of coronation before marching off to meet death and empire's end battling Turks on the walls of Constantinople. Get a feel for the history of the land that is Greece of today and yesterday. It aligns perceptual, emotional and intellectual values such that these Hellenic adventures can be a traveler's most memorable experience, plus be a good read for his armchair cousin--or for the traveler himself as retrospection from the vantage point of his favorite armchair at home. Ah, but you have been to Greece already? Then join our traveler through the pleasures of recollection. Let your travels live again in the mind's eye, now seen more vividly than before as you gain more than a post card's view of things.
Meet the Author
William Bonville has written a host of books, most of them technical, produced during his years in the aerospace industry. His publications for the "trade" include works of fiction, philosophical analysis and, since retirement to his farm in Oregon, a series of travel books which he chooses to think of as "history on the hoof." They spring from his fascination with things historical and his experience as a traveler with an eye for history.
He received a BA in journalism from Bethany College, an MA in philosophy from Columbia University in New York City, and was a reporter or the Worcester (MA) Telegram. Later he worked as a "stringer" for the Denver Post while attending Colorado University engaged in further graduate study. In 1954, Bill left the university to become editor of the former Gallup, NM, Times. A year later he went to Los Angeles, California to become a technical editor for an aerospace company. In 1956 Bill moved to Aerojet General Corporation, Azusa, CA, where he worked for twenty five years, advancing to Manager of Technical Documentation and Training.
During his years with Aerojet, he authored many technical books, research reports, and training manuals. In his spare time he wrote a novel, Something of a Woman, and a philosophical study, Footnotes to a Fairytale: A Study of the Nature of Expression in the Arts. The latter work, still in print, was the combined fruit of his major academic studies with his research supporting advanced learning systems development while at Aerojet.
Bill is married, with grown children, and active in community affairs, serving nine years on the county Board of Education.
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