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Mysteries of the Oracles: The Last Secrets of Antiquity Paperback – June 26, 2007


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 296 pages
  • Publisher: Tauris Parke Paperbacks (June 26, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1845114027
  • ISBN-13: 978-1845114022
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 5.2 x 7.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,245,128 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Vandenberg's lively and carefully researched book covers practically all of the well-known oracles of antiquity."--Joe Alex Morris, Greenwich Time 
"Accounts of the major achievements of the great archaeologists have spawned scores of best-selling books. The result [of Philipp Vandenberg's book] is engrossing."--Houston Post
"A history filled with chicanery, treachery, deceit, cupidity, violence and even beauty, love and compassion. Philipp Vandenberg's Oracles may be safely consulted for hours of delightful and startling reading."--San Diego Magazine

About the Author

Philipp Vandenberg is an internationally acclaimed archaeological writer. His first book, The Curse of the Pharaohs, became a bestseller and was the first of many popular books on similar themes including Nefertiti, The Golden Pharaoh and The Forgotten Pharaoh. He is one of Germany's most successful authors and his books have been translated into 33 languages.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By kdhpp on July 18, 2007
Format: Paperback
First of all I would like to make it clear that this is a review only of the 2007 Tauris Parke Paperback edition and not of the text itself. Although I am only 60 or so pages into the book, I find it a breezy, entertaining read. Or at least I would, if only the editors of this edition had bothered to proofread this translation, or at least run a spell check to catch the numerous instances of words run together and `the' spelled `lhe'. Numerous errors such as these range from the mildly annoying to downright confusing and take away from the enjoyment I am sure I would have derived from reading Phillipp Vandenberg's book. Here are some examples, reproduced as they appear in the text:

"I had a substantial midday mealfish, of course" (pg 3)

"At Ephyra ritual cleaningsteaming hot baths and quenching with ice-cold waterwas part of the following procedure. "(pg 9)

"but il had an air of oppressive force" (pg 11)

"We climbed Ihe twelve rungs of the latter" (pg 11)

"The answer had barely died away before the cauldrononto a deafening accompaniment began to move again, floating up to the roof and disappearing in clouds of smoke" (pg 12)

"in his work MenippUS" (pg 13)

"He applied to an unnamed god in an 8V12 by 14 inch papyrus letter" (pg 60)

While Tauris Parke Paperbacks may be, in their own words, "dedicated to publishing books in accessible paperback editions for the serious general reader within a wide range of categories" they should realize that "accessible paperback editions" should never be equated with "poorly edited" or "riddled with typos". Reading this edition does, however, have one benefit. It motivates me to improve my German so I may read this in the original.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Dr. Wolfgang Feist on March 4, 2009
Format: Paperback
Fast delivery, really interesting book.
If you want to know why the ancient oracles were surprisingly right in a couple of events, you will know why after reading this book.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By RedDwarfFan on May 29, 2008
Format: Paperback
....due to the poor translation and the numerous typos. The content may be fabulous, but it is truly a painful endeavor to try to decipher some of the passages. Shame on the editor (if there ever was one working on this book).
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Zonta Fabio on June 6, 2013
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I did appreciate very much this book. It summarizes ancient stories (previously written by classic authors such as Erodotus etc.) and revitalizes such stories. It contains useful and accurate bibliographic references. There are not many similar books dealing with this subject.
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