Rape of the Nile: Tomb Robbers, Tourists, and Archaeologists in Egypt

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The scandalous rape of Ancient Egypt is a historical vignette of greed, vanity, and dedicated archaeological research. It is a tale vividly told by renowned archaeology author, Brian Fagan, with characters that include the ancient historian Herodotus; Theban tomb robbers; obelisk-stealing Romans; Coptic Christians determined to erase the heretical past; mummy traders; leisured antiquarians; major European museums; Giovanni Belzoni, a circus strongman who removed more antiquities than Napoleon's armies; shrewd ...
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Overview

The scandalous rape of Ancient Egypt is a historical vignette of greed, vanity, and dedicated archaeological research. It is a tale vividly told by renowned archaeology author, Brian Fagan, with characters that include the ancient historian Herodotus; Theban tomb robbers; obelisk-stealing Romans; Coptic Christians determined to erase the heretical past; mummy traders; leisured antiquarians; major European museums; Giovanni Belzoni, a circus strongman who removed more antiquities than Napoleon's armies; shrewd consuls and ruthless pashas; and archaeologists such Sir Flinders Petrie who changed the course of Egyptology.

This is the first thoroughly revised edition of The Rape of the Nile - Fagan's classic account of the cavalcade of archaeologists, thieves, and sightseers who have flocked to the Nile Valley since ancient times. Featured in this edition are new accounts of stunning recent discoveries, including the Royal Tombs of Tanis, the Valley of Golden Mummies at Bahariya, the Tomb of the Sons of Ramses, and the sunken city of Alexandria (whose lighthouse was one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World). Fagan concludes with a clear-eyed assessment of the impact of modern mass tourism on archaeological sites and artifacts.

Author Biography: Born in England and educated at Cambridge University, Brian Fagan is Professor of Anthropology at the University of California, Santa Barbara. He is internationally known for his popular books on archaeology. He lives in Santa Barbara, California.

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Fagan here updates his 1975 title with additional tales of historical heists. The riches of Egypt long have been a target of thieves, who stole everything from pocket-sized trinkets to entire obelisks. This revised edition includes the discoveries of the royal tombs of Tanis, the sunken city of Alexandria, and more. Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
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  • ISBN-13: 9781559210669
  • Publisher: Moyer Bell
  • Publication date: 10/1/1992
  • Pages: 416
  • Product dimensions: 6.40 (w) x 9.26 (h) x 1.26 (d)

Table of Contents

1 Plundering the Pharaohs 3
2 The first tourists 11
3 "Mummy is become merchandise" 27
4 Napoleon on the Nile 43
5 The Patagonian Sampson 65
6 The young Memnon 79
7 "Mummies were rather unpleasant to swallow" 95
8 "Pyramidical brains" 113
9 High jinks at Philae 129
10 "A multitude of collateral curiosities" 143
11 Decipherment 153
12 Artists and archaeologists 169
13 "In the British Museum he is placed beyond the reach of all such evils" 191
14 "A boating-trip interspersed with ruins" 205
15 Science and the small artifact 219
16 "Wonderful things" 237
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