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In case you missed it in Bill Cofone's comment, here's a great Decameron site: Decameron Web
The Virtual Finland site has an informative and enjoyable series of pages dedicated to the Kalevala:
- Kalevala - The Finnish National Epic
- The Kalevala's contents - poems (take a look at this for a summary of the story and action)
- Jean Sibelius and the Kalevala
A diverse collection of Kalevala related links: http://www.helsinki.fi/kasv/nokol/kalevala.html
[Compare the prominence of the Sampo with variations on the "wish-fulfilling jewel". For example, read the description of the seal of Bhutan's Royal Court of Justice (scroll down to section II): Justice Crest ]
For an historical account of the Battle of Salamis, consider this highly accessible scholarly book by Barry Strauss: The Battle of Salamis: The Naval Encounter that Saved Greece -- and Western Civilization. Plenty of references to Aeschylus' account included:
Sad to write that PublishersWeekly.com reports that Coliseum Books will be closing, following a Chapter 11 Bankruptcy filing. We are losing yet another excellent independent.
Here's a link to the NY Times Review of the National Theatre of Greece's recent production of Persians at City Center in NYC.