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The Station: Athos: Treasures and Men

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At only 22 years of age, the author of the acclaimed Road to Oxiana traveled with his friends for the first time to Mount Athos in Greece. The eye-opening visit inspired a classic appraisal of its treasures and men--one that immediately established Byron as a major new talent. A deep love for Byzantine civilization and reverence for antiquity glow from every page. "It is a ...more
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Published June 30th 2001 by Phoenix (first published 1928)
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Nick Wellings
Feb 10, 2013 Nick Wellings rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Byron: Travel writing that's not quite travel writing.

More like white man's prerogative ; travels thru the time of the late 20s in search of "eicons", frescoes, monastic doo-dahs, roaming from monastery to monastery astride mules (so much muleteering here) subsisting on tinned sardines and ouzo and cataloguing with curious preciseness the exact number of bed bugs one squished in the night, before splashing down the sea to bathe with ones chums. Merry japes, what?

Wither and thither goes Byron, a
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Kerry Hennigan
Nov 22, 2014 Kerry Hennigan rated it really liked it
I was about to lend my copy of The Station to a friend when I decided to refresh myself of its contents. Lo and behold, I quickly discovered that I hadn’t read Byron’s youthful essay on the Holy Mountain of Athos and its Byzantine treasures, but his later much lauded book The Road to Oxiana.

So, newly come to The Station, I plunged into Byron’s sometimes purple prose and found, as before, his humor to be sharp, witty and sardonic. While the reader might not always agree with his assessments of va
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Patrick Cook
Jan 18, 2015 Patrick Cook rated it really liked it
Nearly perfect for large chunks, but there is one significant flaw: Byron as a young man is a bit of whinger. At times, he writes about the monks in way that seems less witty than patronizing, not to say ungrateful. This is perhaps just the reflection of his youth at the time of writing.

The descriptions of life in the UK at the beginning are, perhaps surprisingly, better than those of Mount Athos itself — Byron's humour is used to better effect when writing about his own countrymen. One inevita
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Paul
Sep 20, 2016 Paul rated it liked it
Funny and observant, and along with the Road to Oxiana an obvious lodestar of the genre. Very effected and entitled, but I think this is mainly Robert Byron teasing the reader.
Rose
Aug 14, 2015 Rose rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Lively descriptions of the persons and sites that the author encountered on his visit to Athos. Illustrated by photos and drawings by the author.
joyce
Dec 10, 2012 joyce rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: lovers of travel books
Recommended to joyce by: personal research
Shelves: history, travel
I like this book better than the Road to Oxiana. I agree with Christopher Sykes that the rhythm in The Station flows more smoothly.
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Robert Byron (1905 - 24 February 1941) was a British travel writer, best known for his travelogue The Road to Oxiana. He was also a noted writer, art critic and historian.

Byron was born in 1905, and educated at Eton and Merton College, Oxford. He died in 1941, during the Second World War, when the ship on which he was travelling was torpedoed by a U-Boat off Cape Wrath, Scotland, en route to Egypt
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