Gods, Graves & Scholars: The Story of Archaeology

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Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group, Jan 18, 2012 - Social Science - 536 pages
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C.W. Ceram visualized archeology as a wonderful combination of high adventure, romance, history and scholarship, and this book, a chronicle of man's search for his past, reads like a dramatic narrative. We travel with Heinrich Schliemann as, defying the ridicule of the learned world, he actually unearths the remains of the ancient city of Troy. We share the excitement of Lord Carnarvon and Howard Carter as they first glimpse the riches of Tutankhamen's tomb, of George Smith when he found the ancient clay tablets that contained the records of the Biblical Flood. We rediscover the ruined splendors of the Hanging Gardens of Babylon, one of the wonders of the ancient wold; of Chichen Itza, the abandoned pyramids of the Maya: and the legendary Labyrinth of tile Minotaur in Crete. Here is much of the history of civilization and the stories of the men who rediscovered it.


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This could be a fun introduction for someone new to the topic, but it is outdated and I noticed a number of errors. Read full review

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Contents

THE BOOK OF THE STATUES Pompeii Troy Mycenae Crete
1
From Her Garden to Pompeii
3
The Birth of a Science
11
Why Search for the Past? 1
18
A Merchant Digs for Trojan Gold
30
The Mask of Agamemnon
46
Conflict with the Scholars
55
Mycena Tiryns and Crete
67
THE BOOK OF THE TOWERS The Kingdoms of Assyria Babylonia and Sumeria
239
18Botta Finds Nineveh
241
A Schoolteacher Deciphers Cuneiform
254
Nebuchadnezzars Dictionary in Clay
268
A Dilettante Outwits a Pasha
276
The Story of the Flood
301
The Tower of Babel 31 7
317
The Oldest Culture in the World
337

Crete and the Minotaur
68
THE BOOK OF THE PYRAMIDS The Empires of Egypt
83
In the Land of the Pharaohs
85
The Mystery of the Rosetta Stone
100
Treason and Hieroglyphics
113
Life in Ancient Egypt
133
The Tomb of Amenemhet
155
14 Robbers in the Valley of the Kings
173
Mummies
185
The Tomb of Tutankhamen
201
The Curse of the Pharaohs
217
THE BOOK OF THE TEMPLES
363
The Beheaded Culture
378
27ohn Lloyd Stephens Buys a Jungle City
393
28 Intermezzo 41 4
414
Chichénltzé
439
Whence Did They
458
BOOKS THAT CANNOT YET BE WRITTEN
473
Bibliography
489
Index
499
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