Kingdoms of Ruin: The Art and Architectural Splendours of Ancient Turkey

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Turkey boasts a legacy of extraordinary richness and magnificence. From the dawn of civilization, Anatolia spawned great empires of her own ? Hittite, Phrygian and Lydian ? and then felt the mark of Persia, Greece and Rome. The story of the country is one of migration and conquest, artistic and spiritual splendor, and cities and gods trampled underfoot. The brutal greatness of this complex past is reflected in the ruins populating the region's immense landscape. Some sites, such as Homer-haunted Troy, white ...
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Overview

Turkey boasts a legacy of extraordinary richness and magnificence. From the dawn of civilization, Anatolia spawned great empires of her own — Hittite, Phrygian and Lydian — and then felt the mark of Persia, Greece and Rome. The story of the country is one of migration and conquest, artistic and spiritual splendor, and cities and gods trampled underfoot. The brutal greatness of this complex past is reflected in the ruins populating the region's immense landscape. Some sites, such as Homer-haunted Troy, white marbled Ephesus and the lofty acropolis of Pergamon, are already familiar to the modern visitor. More intrepid travellers encounter fallen cities that may be less famous, but are no less spectacular. They leave wondering what yet awaits discovey along the timeless Aegean coastline, either buried in the shadows of resin-scented pine-forests or clinging to the foothills of distant, snow-capped mountains. In Kingdoms of Ruin, acclaimed photographer Jeremy Stafford-Deitsch presents 150 sublime full-color images to illustrate the unparalleled glory of Anatolia's matchless ancient sites. Some are world famous, some are known only to scholars while a few are visited only by shepherds and treasure hunters. Introduced by an extensive contextualizing essay, Kingdoms of Ruin will be essential reading for historians of antiquity and armchair travellers alike.
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"This sumptuous book by author and photographer Jeremy Stafford-Deitsch is in essence a love poem to the evocative landscapes and ruins of Asia Minor...there is so much to savour here, for Anatolian aficionados and newcomers alike." Barbara E. Borg, Professor of Classical Archaeology, University of Exeter

"He evokes the lost worlds of these vanished and almost forgotten Anatolian civilizations, veritable Kingdoms of Ruin, which now come to light again in his remarkable book." John Freely, author of The Western Shores of Turkey and Istanbul: The Imperial City

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781845117993
  • Publisher: I. B.Tauris & Company, Limited
  • Publication date: 6/22/2010
  • Pages: 256
  • Sales rank: 1,290,088
  • Product dimensions: 9.20 (w) x 10.70 (h) x 1.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Jeremy Stafford-Deitsch, a celebrated photographer of the natural world and the great sites of antiquity, was educated at Eton, King's College London and University College London. His previous books include The Monuments of Ancient Egypt, Red Sea Sharks and Mangrove: The Forgotten Habitat.
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Table of Contents

* Map
• Significance in Ruins
• A Brief History of Ancient Turkey
• A Photographic Odyssey through Ancient Turkey
• Bibliography
• Index
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  • Posted June 16, 2012

    Very worthwhile

    We returned from a tour of Turkey's Turquoise Coast on May 5. My husband immediately bougt Kindom of Ruins as a followup. Many of the sites we saw were displayed very well in the book. It was read cover to cover.

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