Land of Lost Gods: The Search for Classical Greece

Overview

From Athens to Troy, 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 the precious relics of the Greeks’ classical past. Richard Stoneman ...

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Overview

From Athens to Troy, 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 the precious relics of the Greeks’ classical past. Richard Stoneman tells their riveting stories.

 

 

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781848854239
  • Publisher: I. B.Tauris & Company, Limited
  • Publication date: 2/1/2011
  • Pages: 376
  • Product dimensions: 5.00 (w) x 7.70 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Richard Stoneman is a classicist, editor, and lecturer. An honorary fellow of Exeter University, he is the author of numerous books and guides, including Daphne into Laurel, A Literary Companion to Travel in Greece, The Greek Alexander Romance, and Alexander the Great: A Life in Legend. He is a former president of the Classical Association. He lives in Devon, England.

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Table of Contents

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 – 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 *

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