By Patricia Storace
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"I lived in Athens, on the intersection of a prostitute and a saint." So starts Patricia Storace's excellent memoir of her 12 months in Greece. blending affection with detachment, rapture with readability, this American poet completely conjures up a rustic delicately balanced among East and West.
Whether she is examining Hellenic dream books, pop songs, and cleaning soap operas, describing breathtakingly attractive shores and archaic villages, or braving the weigh down at a saint's tomb, Storace, winner of the Whiting Award, rewards the reader with proficient and sensual insights into Greece's soul. She sees how the country's satisfaction in its previous coexists with profound doubts approximately its position within the glossy global. She discovers an international within which earlier and current interact in a passionate discussion. trendy, humorous, and erudite, Dinner with Persephone is go back and forth writing increased to a good art--and the simplest publication of its variety on account that Henry Miller's The Colossus of Maroussi.
"Splendid. Storace's account of a 12 months in Greece combines prior and current, legend and truth, in an strange and pleasant complete. "
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50 And at least two cities of Chalcidice trace their founding back to members of the Trojan campaign: Scione, which is said to have been founded by the Achaeans of the Peloponnese on their way home after the fall of Priam’s city (Thucydides 4. 120. , if not earlier. And naturally, these traditions about the presence of known Mycenaeans in northern Greece54 are backed up by the large and ever-increasing numbers of Mycenaean finds being turned up by excavations in this region, many of which consist of ceramic wares.
There is also an important and extensive Neolithic settlement in the wider area. 86 We do not know when Greeks first settled here, and anyway no written evidence survives which describes Pydna as a Greek See Krebber 1972. Cf. Merkelbach 1973; Kramer and Hubner 1976. Besios 1987, 209–10; 1988; 1989; 1990; 1991; 1992; 1993a, 203–4; 1996, 233–36; Besios and Krachtopoulou 1994. See also Besios 1993b; 1985. For Pydna, see also Papazoglou 1988, 106–10; Vokotopoulou 2001, 742–3; Hatzopoulos and Paschidis 2004, 806.
107 Moschonissioti 1988; Ignatiadou and Skarlatidou 1996; Allamani et al. 1999, 153–6 and n. 3 (for further bibliography); Grammenos 1997; Ignatiadou 1997 Grammenos and Pappa 1989–90, 223–6, 278–80 (M. Tsigarida); Skarlatidou 1990b; 2002. 120 Excavations in the 108 The finds indicate that there was an important ancient city here, as was Dikaia, judging by the contribution which it was paying into the treasury of the First Athenian League. See Hammond 1998, 395. 109 Lazaridou and Moschonissiotou 1988, 359; Lazaridou 1990, 308–9.
Dinner with Persephone: Travels in Greece by Patricia Storace