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Lost Temple Bibliography

If you're interested in finding out more about any aspect of the novel, these are some of the books and articles I used to research LOST TEMPLE. Sources publicly available online are in bold.

Original Sources

The Iliad – Homer, in translations by Robert Fagles, Robert Fitzgerald and Alexander Pope

The Odyssey – Homer, in translations by Fagles, Fitzgerald and Pope

Guide to Greece – Pausanias, translated by Peter Levi

Greek Epic Fragments – Various, translated by M L West

Heroicus (“On Heroes”) – Philostratus, translated by Jennifer Berenson Maclean and Ellen Bradshaw Aitken

Ephemeris Belli Troiani (“A Journal of the Trojan War”) – Dictys of Crete, translated by R M Frazer

Geography – Strabo, translated by H L Jones

Natural History – Pliny, translated by John Bostock and H T Riley

Description of the World – Pomponius Mela, translated by Frank E Romer

Periplus Pontus Euxini (“A Journey Around the Black Sea”) – Arrian, translated by Aidan Liddle

The Library of Greek Mythology – Apollodorus, translated by Robin Hard

Odes – Pindar, translated by C M Bowra

The Trojan War: Fact, Fiction and Myth

In Search of the Trojan War – Michael Wood

Helen of Troy – Bettany Hughes

Mythological Atlas of Greece – P Olalla and A Priego

The Greek Epic Cycle – Malcolm Davies

The Tradition of the Trojan War in Homer and the Epic Cycle – Jonathan Burgess

Iliad and Aethiopis – M L West in Classical Quarterly 53, 2002

Odyssey and Argonautica – M L West in Classical Quarterly, 55, 2004

Odysseus Unbound – Robert Bittlestone, James Diggle and John Underhill


The Best of the Achaeans – Gregory Nagy

The Death and Afterlife of Achilles – Jonathan Burgess (unpublished)

Tumuli of Achilles – Jonathan Burgess

The Cult of Achilles in the Euxine – Guy Hedreen in Hesperia 60, 1991

Achilles in the Underworld: Iliad, Odyssey and Aethiopis – Anthony Edwards in Greek, Roman and Byzantine Studies 26, 1885

The Temple of Achilles on the Island of Leuke in the Black Sea – Anna Rusyaeva in Ancient Civilizations from Scythia to Siberia 9, 2003

Knossos and the Minoans

The Decipherment of Linear B – John Chadwick

Documents in Mycenaean Greek – Michael Ventris and John Chadwick

A Handbook to the Palace of Minos at Knossos – J D S Pendlebury

Knossos – Colin Macdonald

The Penguin Book of Lost Worlds – Leonard Cotterell

Ancient Metallurgy

The Coming of the Age of Iron – ed. Theodore Wertime and James Muhly

Myth, Ritual and Metallurgy in Ancient Greece and Recent Africa – Sandra Blakeley


Jason, Hypsipyle and New Fire at Lemnos: A Study in Myth and Ritual - Walter Burkert in Classical Quarterly 20, 1970

The Minoan-Mycenaean Religion and its Survival in Greek Religion – Nils Martin Persson Nilsson

Myths of the underworld journey: Plato, Aristophanes, and the "Orphic" gold tablets – Radcliffe G. Edmonds

Art and Artefacts

Early Greek Myth: A Guide to Literary and Artistic Sources – Timothy Gantz

Achilles, Lord of Scythia – Gloria Ferrari-Pinney in Ancient Greek Art and Iconography, ed. Moon

The Iliad in Early Greek Art – Knud Friis Johansen

Aegean Frescoes of Religious Character – Litsa Kontorli-Papadopoulou

The Ayia Triadha Sarcophagus – Charlotte Long in Studies in Mediterranean Archaeology XLI, 1974

Homer and the Origin of the Greek Alphabet – Barry B Powell

Modern History

Crete: The Battle and the Resistance – Antony Beevor

Crete 1941: Germany's lightning airborne assault – Peter Antill

Station X – Michael Smith

The Secret History of S.O.E. – William MacKenzie

Inside Hitler’s Greece – Mark Mazower

Salonica: City of Ghosts – Mark Mazower

The Struggle For Greece – C M Woodhouse

Ellada 20 Aionas: Oi Photographies 1946-2000 – Michaelis Katsigeras

Dark Sun: The Making of the Hydrogen Bomb – Richard Rhodes

Never Again: Britain 1945-1951 – Peter Hennessey

Cretan Quests: British Explorers, Excavators and Historians – ed. Davina Huxley

The British School at Athens: The First 100 Years – Helen Waterhouse

Films and Music

Ill Met by Moonlight (Powell and Pressburger, 1957)

The Guns of Navarone (Thompson, 1961)

The Eleventh Day (Epperson, 2005)

Rembetika: Songs of the Greek Underground – Various artists (2CD Trikont US-0293)