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John Freely

John Freely was born in New York and joined the US Navy at the age of 17, serving with a commando unit in Burma and China during the last years of World War II. He has lived in New York, Boston, London, and Athens, and currently lives in Istanbul and has written over 40 travel books and guides, most of them about Greece and Turkey. He is author of The Grand Turk, Storm on Horseback, Children of Achilles, The Cyclades, The Ionian Islands, Celestial Revolutionary, and Light from the East , Crete, The Western Shores of Turkey, Strolling through Athens, Strolling through Venice, and Strolling through Istanbul.

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A Travel Guide to Homer
On the Trail of Odysseus Through Turkey and the Mediterranean

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In October 1945, at the age of 19, John Freely passed the southernmost tip of Crete on his way home from the war in China, just as Odysseus did on his homeward...
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Flame of Miletus
The Birth of Science in Ancient Greece (and How it Changed the World)

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Miletus: one of the wealthiest and most important towns in ancient Greece. It was here, on the Aegean coast of Asia Minor, in the 6th century BC, that the...
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Light From the East
How the Science of Medieval Islam Helped to Shape the Western World

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Long before the European Renaissance, while the Western world was languishing in what was once called the “Dark Ages,” the Arab world was ablaze with the...
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Children of Achilles
The Greeks in Asia Minor since the Days of Troy

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The once magnificent, now ruined, cities that cluster along the Aegean and Mediterranean coasts of Turkey are reminders of a civilization that produced the...
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Strolling Through Istanbul
The Classic Guide to the City

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Available for the first time since its original publication thirty-seven years ago, this classic guide to Istanbul by Hilary Sumner-Boyd and John Freely is...
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Storm on Horseback
The Seljuk Warriors of Turkey

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Storm on Horseback is both a dramatic history and, uniquely, a traveller’s guide to the extraordinary heritage of the Seljuks in Turkey. Who are the Turks and...
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The Ionian Islands
Corfu, Cephalonia, Ithaka and Beyond

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Legend has it that the Ionian Islands were created as Zeus’ beautiful lover, Io, raced through the Ionian Sea escaping Hera’s wrath. Rising from the waters...
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Crete
Discovering the 'Great Island'

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Crete is a major travel destination with two million visitors per year. This guide is the product of a long summer the author spent living in a crumbling...
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