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A philhellene who lived in Greece for twenty-two years, Tom Stone is the author of six previous books about Greece and its culture and language, including "The Summer of My Greek Taverna." He has written extensively on Greece and its history for various magazines and guide books. He lives in Los Angeles.

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"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 "The Murder of Tutankhamen"
"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 "Love in a Torn Land: Joanna ofKurdistan"


"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 Westernculture 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 "The Murder of Tutankhamen""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 "Love in a Torn Land: Joanna of Kurdistan"


"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 guid

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