Egypt Lost and Found: Explorers and Travelers on the Nile

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Egypt Lost and Found chronicles the rediscovery of ancient Egypt, its monuments and treasures, by European travelers. In 1589 an anonymous Venetian merchant ventured beyond the capital, leaving a written account of his journey up the Nile. Egypt soon exercised a great fascination over Europeans, and more travelers followed in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, exploring further afield. But it was perhaps the Napoleonic Expedition that truly rediscovered the marvels of ancient Egyptian civilization. ...
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Egypt Lost and Found chronicles the rediscovery of ancient Egypt, its monuments and treasures, by European travelers. In 1589 an anonymous Venetian merchant ventured beyond the capital, leaving a written account of his journey up the Nile. Egypt soon exercised a great fascination over Europeans, and more travelers followed in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, exploring further afield. But it was perhaps the Napoleonic Expedition that truly rediscovered the marvels of ancient Egyptian civilization. Napoleon's scientists documented all of the great monuments in the Nile Valley, thus transforming a military defeat into the extraordinary cultural triumph that greatly influenced European art, architecture, and culture. In this book, accompanying the detailed text recording the people and events, are color reproductions from the works of artists, travelers, and explorers. Here are maps, statues, wall paintings, and obelisks, portraits of the explorers themselves and of the people of Egypt, as well as scenes highlighting the magnificence of the landscapes, temples, and pyramids. Egypt Lost and Found recaptures some of the excitement and wonder of those early, intrepid explorers.
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A stunning take on Egypt that's not all mummies and pyramids. Using letters, maps, paintings, and all manner of historical documents, Siliotti reconstructs the exploration of Egypt by Europeans starting from the Middle Ages.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781556708763
  • Publisher: Abrams, Harry N., Inc.
  • Publication date: 3/31/1999
  • Pages: 359
  • Product dimensions: 10.48 (w) x 14.33 (h) x 1.52 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction 8
Tourists in Antiquity: Greeks and Romans in the land of the Pharaohs 16
Egyptian travels from the Middle Ages to modern times: Following in the footsteps of Crusaders, pilgrims and adventurers 24
Travellers of the Eighteenth Century: The rediscovery of an ancient civilization 36
Napoleon and the Egyptian Expedition 80
The Description de l'Egypte: A colossal work documents the splendours of ancient Egypt 100
The 'War of the Consuls': Antiquarians and adventurers in search of pharaonic antiquities 130
Frederic Cailliaud: In search of the pharaohs' emeralds 152
Giovanni Battista Belzoni: The giant of the Nile 162
The Expedition of Baron von Minutoli: To the Oasis of Siwa 176
Girolamo Segato: Exploring the step pyramid of djoser 182
Champollion and the Franco-Tuscan expedition 190
John Gardner Wilkinson: The founder of Egyptology in Great Britain 218
Vyse and Perring: The last secrets of the great pyramids 224
The Prussian Expedition of Richard Lepsius 230
Maximilian of Bavaria: A journey to Nubia 254
Emile Prisse d'Avennes 266
Artists and Travellers on the Nile: Egypt: an inexhaustible source of inspiration 282
Select Bibliography 360
Index 364
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