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Chasing Zeus: A Journey Through Greece in the Footsteps of a God [NOOK Book]

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In CHASING ZEUS, Tom Stone and his wife follow the god of gods and his trail of myths across the length and breadth of Greece. Among the places they visit are the island of Santorini, site of the massive volcanic eruption that heralded Zeus’ coming; Crete and the mountaintop cave where the infant Zeus was said to have been born, murdered, and resurrected; Dodona and Delphi, the remote sanctuaries to which kings and politicians trekked to hear oracles utter the Great Thunderer’s cryptic pronouncements; and ...
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Chasing Zeus: A Journey Through Greece in the Footsteps of a God

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In CHASING ZEUS, Tom Stone and his wife follow the god of gods and his trail of myths across the length and breadth of Greece. Among the places they visit are the island of Santorini, site of the massive volcanic eruption that heralded Zeus’ coming; Crete and the mountaintop cave where the infant Zeus was said to have been born, murdered, and resurrected; Dodona and Delphi, the remote sanctuaries to which kings and politicians trekked to hear oracles utter the Great Thunderer’s cryptic pronouncements; and lightning-browed Olympus, Greece’s tallest mountain, abode of the gods and, locals still say, a landing strip for visitors from outer space.

Along the way, Stone entertains the reader with a feast of myths and legends, famous and infamous, all born out of Zeus’s tempestuous wanderings. At the same time, set as they are against the human history behind the god’s 4,000-year reign—from his beginnings as an amorphous sky god on the Russian steppes to his ultimate assumption into the Christian firmament as the model for Byzantium’s Christ Pantocrator, Lord of the Universe—the stages of the journey offer a wondrous excursion deep into the heart and soul of the Greek people.

A perfect blend of myth, memoir, and travel, CHASING ZEUS: A Journey Through Greece in the Footsteps of a God will appeal to fans of Walking the Bible.

A graduate of Yale and life-long enthusiast of mythology, Tom Stone is the author of The Summer of My Greek Tavérna, a memoir of his time on Patmos, which was selected by the Book-of-the-Month Club and Quality Paperback Club. His most recent effort, The Curse of the Minotaur: An Annotated Tale of Ancient Greece, is available as an ebook.

PRAISE FOR CHASING ZEUS:

"The supreme deity of Greek mythology has his lusty, tempestuous story recast in engaging fashion by Stone...As a guide, Stone is informed, enthusiastic, and entertaining, the very qualities needed to ignite interest in the timelessness of Greek mythology.”—Booklist

“[Stone is] a genial, self-deprecating and often felicitous docent…he intercuts his complex narratives of theogony, theology, history and hysteria with descriptions of his recent travels to many of the sites long associated with Zeus...A lucid and lucent retelling of those most marvelous tales.”—Kirkus

“Filled with viewpoints and facts I've never seen connected together elsewhere, this beautiful walk through the archaeology and evolution of Zeus really brings alive ‘the Old Thunderer,’ along with the people who loved him through the ages.”—Charles Pellegrino, author of Ghosts of Vesuvius: A New Look at Last Days of Pompeii, How Towers Fall, and Other Strange Connections

“Tom Stone has rescued Zeus and the other beguiling gods and goddesses of ancient Greece from the dusty pages of Bulfinch's Mythology and restored them to the rightful place in our cultural pantheon. At the same time, he invites us along on a remarkable odyssey through the exotic lands where they first worked their magic so long ago. Like Henry Miller and Lawrence Durrell, Stone acts as both an expert guide and an enchanting storyteller. A beautiful and beguiling book!”—Jonathan Kirsch, author of A History of the End of the World: How the Most Controversial Book in the Bible Changed the Course of Western Civilization

“For Tom Stone, the Greek landscape is a wonderland of history and myth – a place where the roots of Western culture bring forth some of the most wondrous stories ever told. In Zeus, his scholar’s knowledge and storyteller’s charm illuminate the land, her people, and their tales, always keeping one keen eye on the heavens and another on the ground. An irresistible tour, led by a marvelous guide."—Bob Brier, author of Egyptomania

"Ancient Greece swarmed with gods, none greater than the bearded Zeus, lord of the sky and head of the ancients’ moral order. Many centuries later, our devoted fascination with Zeus continues. To readers’ delight, author and adventurer Tom Stone takes us on a rollicking voyage through Greece, where we learn that the legend of Zeus can still warm the heart—and thrill the senses. Through Stone's observant eyes and beautiful prose, we are a witness to the beauty of a land and of a people who aroused the gods. This is a journey no reader should miss."—Jean Sasson, author of Princess: A True Story of Life Behind the Veil in Saudi Arabia

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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940149326136
  • Publisher: Liza Dawson Associates
  • Publication date: 4/15/2014
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 103,746
  • File size: 3 MB

Meet the Author

Tom Stone has pursued a multi-faceted career as a novelist, travel writer, historian, and stage- and screenplay writer. Simultaneously, he had a very successful stint in the professional theater as a director, lighting designer, and stage manager.

In his early years, he devoured the myths of Greece and Norway. Later, he snapped up related books by Edith Hamilton, Robert Graves, Mary Renault, Lawrence Durrell, Nikos Kazantzakis and Joseph Campbell--among many, many others.

He is now teaching English as a Second Language in the adult school system of Los Angeles and occasionally lecturing on Greek history with Pierce College. Meanwhile, he is devoting most of his time to writing books. He lives in Los Angeles with his lovely wife, Fárzaneh.

Tom's website is
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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 22, 2014

    I first encountered Tom Stone's work in 'The Summer of My Greek

    I first encountered Tom Stone's work in 'The Summer of My Greek Taverna' during a 3 month trip to Greece four years ago and loved it. I have also read and enjoyed 'Minotaur' and have now had the pleasure of 'Chasing Zeus'.'Chasing Zeus' is a great read for both entertainment and history. I enjoyed hearing Tom Stone's familiar and friendly voice, especially when he personalized some of the history. It was also great how Tom intertwined Greek history with the development of Zeus. I loved how he contrasted Zeus with Christianity's monotheism and I was also interested to read about the origins of Greek and European man.'Chasing Zeus' has become the perfect vehicle for my partner and I to reminisce about our travels to Greece. Tom Stone's descriptions of his travels to the sites associated with the life of Zeus have definitely influenced our future Greek travel plans. (In fact, 'Taverna' prompted us to visit Patmos during our last trip!) Next year will be our fourth trip to Greece, so read Tom at your peril! You may be influenced to visit Greece soon!

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