BRIDGE TO ASIA by Helen Hill Miller


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With this classical excursion into Asia Minor, Mrs. Miller completes her trilogy of Greece and her colonies (Greek Horizons, Sicily and the Western Colonies of Greece). With ""both geography and the sequence of historical periods in view,"" she ranges in time from Troy to Alexander the Great. Dividing her exposition into peoples, she interweaves myth and history with a modicum of travel. Classical concerns turn contemporary--was the cause of the Trojan war overpopulation? free passage of the Dardanelles? Poetry (Sappho, Teus, Mimnermus) and myth (Aphrodite and Anchises, Midas' gold) come to life again, as does Clarian Apollo's python, seen sliding by his altar. Mrs. Miller is a bridge to the past, to the ancient Maeceneans, Acolians, Ionians, Dorians, Phrygians, Lydians, Persians; her presentation is suggestive rather than extensive, for the special traveler.

Pub Date: Oct. 19th, 1967
Publisher: Scribners