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Land of Lost Gods : The Search for Classical Greece - Richard Stoneman

Land of Lost Gods

The Search for Classical Greece

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Published: 30th November 2010
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The glories of classical Greece are an essential part of our heritage and are echoed every day in the buildings and institutions we see around us. But who were the visitors from afar who first appreciated the riches of the archaeological past of Greece and the Greek lands; who opened up the culture and its ancient remains? From as early as 1420 a few intrepid explorers made their way to Greece and Turkey, to recover - from brambles or burial, lime-kilns or building sites - the precious relics of the Greeks' classical past. In Land of Lost Gods Richard Stoneman tells the riveting stories of Cyriac of Ancona's quest to record the appearance of the Parthenon; Jacques Spon's quarrel with Guillet de St-Georges about the topography of Athens; the painstaking expeditions of the Society of Dilettanti and the deluded forgeries of the Abbe Fourmont. He also examines in vivid detail the birth struggles of archaeology in the work of Charles Newton and Cnidus at Halicarnassus, J. T. Wood at Ephesus, Charles Fellows in Lycia, Carl Humann at Pergamon and Heinrich Schliemann at Troy.

When the archaeologist succeeds the antiquary, the dilettante and the adventurer, the theme of this book draws to a close.

`Stoneman spins a fascinating web of narrative and original quotation. A must for Hellenophiles and especially Hellenic travellers, who will be well informed, stimulated and amused.'---The Times

New Preface by the author
Preface to the hardcover edition
Prologue: The Treasures of Constantinople
Cyriac of Ancona and his Contemporaries
Collectors and Antiquaries: The Arundel Marbles
Antiquaries and Explorers: The Visit of Jacques Spon and George Wheler
Marbles for the French King, 1667 âÇô 1789
The Society of Dilettanti and the Greek Revival
The Picturesque and the Topographers
A Tale of Three Cities: London, Munich and Paris
The Lions of Asia Minor
The German Kingdom
The Race of Empires
Conclusion: Return to Ithaca
Bibliography
Notes
Index
Table of Contents provided by Publisher. All Rights Reserved.

ISBN: 9781848854239
ISBN-10: 1848854234
Series: Tauris Parke Paperbacks
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 384
Published: 30th November 2010
Publisher: I.B.Tauris & Co Ltd
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 20.96 x 13.97  x 2.54
Weight (kg): 0.36
Edition Number: 1