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Ever since Roman tourists scratched graffiti on the pyramids and temples of Egypt over two thousand years ago, people have travelled far and wide seeking the great wonders of antiquity.
In From Stonehenge to Samarkand, noted archaeologist and popular writer Brian Fagan offers an engaging historical account of our enduring love of ancient architecture - the irresistible impulse to visit strange lands in search of lost cities and forgotten monuments.
Here is a marvellous history of archaeological tourism, with generous excerpts from the writings of the tourists themselves. Readers will find Herodotus describing the construction of Babylon; Edward Gibbon receiving inspiration for his seminal work while wandering through the ruins of the Forum in Rome; Gustave Flaubert watching the sunrise from atop the Pyramid of Cheops.
We visit Easter Island with Pierre Loti, Machu Picchu with Hiram Bingham, Central Africa with David Livingstone. Fagan describes the early antiquarians, consumed with a passionate and omnivorous curiosity, pondering the mysteries of Stonehenge, but he also considers some of the less reputable figures, such as the Earl of Elgin, who sold large parts of the Parthenon to the British Museum.
Finally, he discusses the changing nature of archaeological tourism, from the early romantic wanderings of the solitary figure, communing with the departed spirits of Druids or Mayans, to the cruise-ship excursions of modern times, where masses of tourists are hustled through ruins, barely aware of their surroundings.
From the Holy Land to the Silk Road, the YucatAn to Angkor Wat, Fagan follows in the footsteps of the great archaeological travellers to retrieve their first written impressions in a book that will delight anyone fascinated with the landmarks of ancient civilisation.
About the Author
Brian Fagan is Emeritus Professor of Anthropology at the University of California, Santa Barbara, and one of the world's leading archaeological writers and an internationally recognized authority on world prehistory. His many books include The Rape of the Nile, Chaco Canyon, The Long Summer, and The Little Ice Age.
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"Fagan introduces each writer or site in engaging witty paragraphs.... I would far rather spend a week with this crowded book, amply supplied with photographs as it is, than step out into the world it describes with such feeling."--The Boston Globe "Smart collection."--The New York Times "Brian Fagan is a prolific author, who always manages to write in a way that is a pleasure to read, while remaining grounded in a thorough mastery of the subject matter. His latest book, From Stonhenge to Samarkand, is no exception."--Johan Reinhard, National Geographic Society Explorer-in-Residence and author of The Ice Maiden: Inca Mummies, Mountain Gods, and Sacred Sites in the Andes "With deft narrative skill and imaginative flair, [Fagan] peels away the layers of time...to capture all the delirious excitement of rediscovering the lost empires of the past."--Tony Perrottet, author of Pagan Holiday and The Naked Olympics "Stitched together with Fagan's knowledgeable, often wry commentary, this book contains centuries of good writing about humankind's romantic, confused, and always enthralling encounter with its own past."--Charles C. Mann, author of 1491: New Revelations of the America's Before Columbus
|Maps and Timeline||p. xi|
|The Desolation of Babylon||p. 4|
|Herodotus at the Pyramids||p. 8|
|The Colossi of Memnon||p. 12|
|The Antiquarians||p. 17|
|"The Backward-looking Curiosity"||p. 19|
|William Camden and Britannia||p. 21|
|John Aubrey and Edward Llwyd||p. 25|
|William Stukeley and Stonehenge||p. 28|
|The Grand Tour||p. 33|
|An Excursion to Acquire Taste||p. 35|
|The Attractions of Naples||p. 37|
|The Rome of the Grand Tour||p. 39|
|Pompeii and Herculaneum||p. 43|
|Wastrels and "Macaronis"||p. 47|
|Greece Bespoiled||p. 49|
|The Parthenon and Eleusis||p. 52|
|Charles Cockerell and Friends at Aphaia||p. 55|
|Pharaohs and Pyramids||p. 61|
|Napoleon's Donkeys||p. 63|
|Champollion Visits the Nile||p. 65|
|The First Tourists||p. 66|
|"Far more beautiful than I had expected"||p. 67|
|From Babylon to Persepolis||p. 75|
|Karsten Niebuhr at Persepolis||p. 77|
|Claudius James Rich at Babylon and Birs Nimrod||p. 80|
|Sir Robert Ker Porter Sees Desolation||p. 85|
|Rich at Persepolis||p. 89|
|Palmyra and Petra||p. 93|
|First Visitors to Palmyra||p. 96|
|Inaccessible Petra||p. 101|
|Tourists Along the Nile||p. 111|
|Thomas Cook and Mark Twain||p. 114|
|"A boating trip interspersed with ruins"||p. 121|
|A Thousand Miles up the Nile||p. 122|
|Maya and Inca||p. 129|
|The Almost-forgotten Maya||p. 132|
|John Lloyd Stephens Reveals the Maya||p. 134|
|Ephraim Squier and Inca Civilization||p. 144|
|Hiram Bingham at Machu Picchu||p. 150|
|The World of the Pueblos||p. 157|
|Chaco Canyon||p. 159|
|William Henry Jackson and the Pueblos||p. 160|
|Frank Cushing, "1st War Chief of the Zuni, U.S. Assistant Ethnologist"||p. 165|
|Early Tourists||p. 175|
|To Desert and Steppe||p. 181|
|Sven Hedin, Explorer and Adventurer||p. 184|
|Sir Aurel Stein and the Caves of a Thousand Buddhas||p. 186|
|Maillart and Fleming||p. 199|
|Byron in Oxiana||p. 203|
|Travel as Commodity||p. 223|
|Paul Theroux Along the Nile||p. 226|
|Crowds, Crowds ...||p. 233|
|Solitude on the Great Wall||p. 237|
|Tom Bissell in Central Asia||p. 242|
|Obsessed with the Never-lost Inca||p. 251|
|Guide to Further Reading||p. 269|
Number Of Pages: 291
Published: 20th July 2006
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.4 x 16.5 x 2.8
Weight (kg): 0.61