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Wicked Greek for the Traveler

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For two thousand years visitors have been touring the rugged glory of Greece. But with a difference—when the early Romans went visiting, those wacky Greek gods were still holed up on Mount Olympus. Today they've come down, and they're driving taxis, tending bar, dancing and yelling and throwing plates around restaurants. All of which spells adventure for the unsuspecting tourist, and wonderful opportunity for Howard Tomb.

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Overview

For two thousand years visitors have been touring the rugged glory of Greece. But with a difference—when the early Romans went visiting, those wacky Greek gods were still holed up on Mount Olympus. Today they've come down, and they're driving taxis, tending bar, dancing and yelling and throwing plates around restaurants. All of which spells adventure for the unsuspecting tourist, and wonderful opportunity for Howard Tomb.

From the sneakily successful series of travel books with over 1 million copies in print, Wicked Greek is the phrasebook that takes the chaos out of the land that invented it. Here are pithy comments on retsina: "My wine tastes like a handful of pine needles." Tips on consulting the Oracle of the Ferry Schedules, including the Mystery of the Next Departure to Patmos. More than you ever dreamed possible about olives-including black, green, purple, briny, cracked, and this-makes-the-retsina-taste-good. Trojan War stories. Zeno's Paradox, Aristotle's Boo-Boo, Plato's Cave, and other philosophical conundrums that put us in the fix we're in today. Motorbike survival tips. Ella, word of a thousand meanings. And how to pursue romance with the natives.

Sixth in his successful series of Wicked travel books--with over 540,000 copies in print--Wicked Greek is the phrasebook that takes the chaos out of the land that invented it. Here are pithy comments on Greek wine, dance, olives, romance--even motorbike survival tips. Two-color illustrations throughout.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781563057076
  • Publisher: Workman Publishing Company, Inc.
  • Publication date: 1/28/1995
  • Pages: 64
  • Sales rank: 1,373,736
  • Product dimensions: 4.00 (w) x 6.00 (h) x 0.19 (d)

Meet the Author

Howard Tomb is the author of the Wicked Travel books. He also writes for the Sunday Travel Section of the New York Times.

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Table of Contents

CONTENTS

WELCOME TO GREECE

  • Welcome to Greece…5
  • Pronunciation Guide: It's Greek to Me!…6
  • Disclaimer…6
  • Welcome to the World's First Theme Park…7
  • Timeline: Find Your Ancestors…9
GETTING AROUND
  • Taxi to Agony…10
  • Turkish Insultamatic…12
  • Bust on the Bus Driver…13
  • Trojan Road Warrior…15
  • Common Road Signs…16
  • Consulting the Oracle for Ferry Schedules…17
  • Cruising the Styx…19
  • Nautical Deities…20
  • Island-Hopping With the Gods…21
  • The Winds of Mykonos…22
  • The Wild Two…23
  • Oedipus Rex's Long and Winding Road…24

CULTURE AND ARTS
  • Philosophy 101 B.C.…25
  • Aristophanes Unplugged…27
  • Zeus, Mighty Playgod…28
  • Flirting with Danger…29
  • Medea: What a Bitch…30
  • Saint Olympics…31

THE PRACTICAL TRAVELER
  • Divining the Hotel Rating System…33
  • Labyrinth of the Cheap Trinkets…35
  • Reach Out and Touch Someone at Random…37
  • Blue Water, Raw Garbage…38

THE PEOPLE
  • Visiting Ancient Relics and Their Wives…39
  • Sick O'Stucco…41
  • What All the Widows Will Be Wearing This Summer…42
  • Hangin' with the Homies…44
  • The Greek Way of Love: Division of Manly Affection…46
  • The Greek Way of Love: Division of Classical Coupling…47
  • Pagan Prayer…49

FOOD, WINE & ENTERTAINMENT
  • Point 'n' Tzatziki…50
  • Whacking the Squid…51
  • Your Waiter & Chaos…54
  • The Ugly Truth About Retsina…54
  • Olive Drab…55
  • Real Men Don't Folk Dance…56
  • Creating a Bouzouki-Free Zone…57
  • Party-Crashing Tips…59
  • The Liquid Salute…61
  • Nectar of the Demi-Gods…62
  • The Inevitable Thank-You Note…63
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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 26, 2012

    AIRFORCE BOMBS THIS PLACE

    BOOOOOOMMMM

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 25, 2012

    Guthix

    *he walks in the cabin and looks at a shrine. He wks over to the shine dedeicated to artemis. He gets on hs knees and rubs the rune off te back of his neck and puts it in the water of the shrine* for you...*he gets up and walks out of the cabin*

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 21, 2012

    7. ARTEMIS CABIN

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 8, 2003

    Funny, silly, not really helpful though.

    I agree with the last reviewer, it is very funny if you don't need to use it. The phrases are so silly and poke fun at Greek culture. It's great. However, I was hoping for more "bad" words that my Greek-school teacher didn't teach. Still, it's funny.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 3, 2001

    Hilarious for the insider!

    This witty little book does an excellent job of translating Greek phrases into English that will almost never be of use by the every day traveler. But the brilliance of it is in its insight: its ability to poke fun at the 'Greek way,' elevate the Greeks to the pinnacle of civilization, and relate every day American views to ancient or modern Greek custom. This is a must for any American who has been immersed in Greek culture. I TREASURE my copy.

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    Posted March 20, 2009

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