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Lost Cities from the Ancient World

350 LE

 
Short Description:
Authors : Edited by Maria Teresa Guaitoli and Simone Rambaldi
  • Publisher: American University Press Cairo
  • Pages: 336
  • Hard Cover: True
  • ISBN: 9788880958277
  • Publishing Date: 2002


In following a fascinating trail to the most beautiful cities of the ancient world, this book retraces the history and development of the most important urban centers of antiquity, placing them in their historical and geographical context, and analyzing what remains of their architectural and artistic treasures. Superb photographs and careful reconstructions of their urban layout help the reader to understand the cities’ importance ot the civilizations that built them: Thebes ‘the powerful,’ Knossos and Athens, the elegant cities of southern Italy, imperial Rome, Leptis Magna, splendid Palmyra, the megalopolis of Babylon, Ur and Persepolis, the ancient capitals of the Chinese empire, magical Angkor, Teotihuacán, Chichén Itzá, Cuzco, and Machu Picchu. The journey through the cities of ancient civilizations could go on forever: new discoveries continue to shed further light on the existence of ancient peoples, whose obscure past gradually becomes more visible through the work of archaeologists. This book is a tribute to the great cities of the past, masterpieces of urban construction, treasure chests of art and history and , not least, the places where humankind cultivated the social roots and developed the multiethnic and cosmopolitan societies that today govern the destiny of our planet. MARIA TERESA GUAITOLI is a member of the Archaeological Department at Bologna University. She works on exhibitions, conferences, and excavations, and is the editor of Ocnus magazine. SIMONE RAMBALDI is involved in educational activities in the field of classical archaeology at Bologna University.