Into the Pagan Past: TRAVEL, HUMOR and HISTORY
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(Note: To enjoy all the drawings allow extra time for this webpage to fully load) After decades of being a closeted Hellenophile (lover of Greece) author, humorist, historian, artist and Detroit mailman Jeff Steele fulfills a lifelong dream in Greece and Turkey exploring the modern and ancient history and myths of these two fabled lands. INTO THE PAGAN PAST is part humorous travel narrative, part history book, and part fantasy tale. Lavishly illustrated by the author, this adventure story is sure to fulfill the passion of all who love to explore. Read free book excerpts below, download excerpts or Look Inside! To view all 170 original, full-color drawings click in the box on the right side of the page or scroll down. (Humorous Press Release)
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I haven’t read this book yet, but I plan on doing so as soon as I return from Thermopylae.
Excerpt from book's Introduction (by Jeff Steele):
While not nearly as vast and all-encompassing as my own great historical work, Into the Pagan Past was certainly more entertaining than that long-winded tome by that dullard
Father of History
"Before I tell the tale of my modern age Odyssey, I suppose that I must introduce myself. My name is Jeff. I am an average American working stiff. I am not a scholar, or an archaeologist. I don't sit around a table, magnifying glass in hand, trying to decipher faded ancient texts. Nor do I drag ground penetrating radar devices behind
Wh-what? Hey!! While my narrative may be long-winded, at least it was meticulously
researched, entirely factual, and not prone to wild speculations of fantasy. Flying snakes
The Peloponnesian Wars
me in an attempt to locate the lost tomb of Alexander the Great. No. I deliver mail for a living in a suburb of Detroit, Michigan. My interest in ancient Greece goes back to those now distant days when I was a typically nerdy high school student (now, I'm a typically nerdy mailman!). I had taken a tenth grade mythology class, and was introduced to Homer's Odyssey
as required reading. There was
something about that epic tale that enthralled me. Perhaps it was the characters that were so alive and Jeff Steele vibrant. Or perhaps it was the plot of the story that was so appealing; a man trying desperately to get home to his loving family, and having to overcome almost insurmountable obstacles to do so. Whatever it was that grabbed me about that book, I have been hooked on ancient Greece ever since. I vowed that one day I would travel to that distant and historic land. Of course, it would be awhile before I could make that dream come true. Life has an annoying habit of interfering with dreams. But the time had come to take the plunge. My house was paid off, I did not have a car payment, and I had no children to put through college. I had sort of put any thoughts of international travel on hold, until one night I watched the Nia Vardalis
movie My Life In Ruins
. After watching this incredibly funny film about a tour guide and her group of misfit tourists, I turned to my wife and said, "I'm going to do that. I'm going to go to Greece!" I wasn't getting any younger. Like many people my age, I sort of had a bucket list of things to do bouncing around inside my head. Once I had made the decision to travel to Greece, I then had to decide whom I would take with me. I knew that my wife would not go with me, due to her fear of flying. No amount of begging or pleading on my part would change her mind. Instead, I asked my good buddy John if he would be interested in joining me. Because he was unemployed, as many people are these days, I told him that I would pay for everything but his meals, his souvenirs, and his passport. ... But I also offered to pay his way because John makes a great traveling companion. We have known each other since junior high school, and have since that time, taken several road trips together throughout the United States and Canada. Besides being my fellow road tripper, he was also the best man at my wedding. ... ...After further study and contemplation, I figured that if I was going to fly half way around the planet to visit Greece, then I had to make a pilgrimage to Troy. After all, the Iliad
and the Odyssey
are my two favorite books. How could I be so close to the ancient city of Troy
, and not visit it? This meant that my trip would now include the country of Turkey
, a land that... Free download
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