A Thing of Beauty

Pages: 304
Subject: History
Imprint: Oneworld

A Thing of Beauty

Travels in Mythical and Modern Greece

Peter Fiennes

It's a golden age for the fabulous Greek myths - in novels, films, popular culture. But what's the modern relevance of the Odyssey and Orpheus? And what to be seen now at the original sites where these tales are set?
9780861540617 (21 Oct 2021)
RRP £18.99 / US$27.95

The Book

‘There's an infectious enthusiasm and self-deprecating authority to Fiennes's insights and he's a most agreeable companion.' Guardian on Footnotes


The Greek myths have held a place in the popular imagination for centuries. Yet while the stories may not have changed, their original setting has. 

Fiennes travels to the sites of some of the most famous Greek myths, on the trail of hope, beauty and a new way of seeing what we have done to our world. He starts outside Corinth, where Prometheus first fashioned humanity out of clay, and picks up the trail of Heracles, Persephone, Theseus, Pandora and Perseus. Do the Ancient Greeks, through their myths and history, have anything to say to us today? Fiennes hikes through stunning scenery in the footsteps of Lord Byron, finds the ‘most beautiful beach in Greece', samples ‘the best salad in the world' (it's a Greek one…), consults the Oracle, and immerses himself in the cities and remote villages of this stunning country, all the while looking for beauty and hope in a world that is increasingly fragile. 

Additional Information

Subject History
Pages 304
Imprint Oneworld


About the Author

Peter Fiennes is the author of the critically-acclaimed Footnotes, Oak and Ash and Thorn, and To War with God. As the publisher for Time Out, he nurtured a lifelong obsession with old guidebooks, creating the award-winning city guides, walking books and titles about Britain's countryside and seaside. He lives in south-west London.

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