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The Great Belzoni: The Circus Strongman Who Discovered Egypt's Ancient Treasures, Second Edition (International Library of Historical Studies) Paperback


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Product Details

  • Series: International Library of Historical Studies
  • Paperback: 360 pages
  • Publisher: Tauris Parke Paperbacks (September 19, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1845113330
  • ISBN-13: 978-1845113339
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 7.9 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.1 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,353,678 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"If you wish to find inspiration for Allan Quatermain and Indiana Jones go no further, for here is a highly entertaining account of a fascinating character. - Chichester Observer"

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Stanley Mayes was a respected historian and biographer, highly regarded for his work on Egypt, archaeology and the history of the Ottoman Empire.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jesse S. Walker on March 5, 2011
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This is a great book about a lesser known figure in the history of Egyptian Archaeology. It des a great job of telling about his life and placing him in a proper historical context. It doesn't try to hold him to modern archaeological standards, and explains that in the 19th century archaeology was kind of a race to loot. Despite this he made a bunch of discoveries including opening the second pyramid of Giza.

The only way this book could be improved would be to include maps and a few more images of his discoveries. The maps are needed as most of the places were renamed or in a few cases he incorrectly named them. Arabic names also tend to be spelled several different ways adding to the confusion.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful By william callan on February 11, 2007
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This is an excellent book. It is like taking the trip of a lifetime back to early 19th century Egypt
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By Jonathan Donald on February 18, 2014
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Stanley Mayes has done an excellent job of chronicling Belzoni's great acheivements as one of the world's first two 19th century Egyptologists. There were earlier European explorers in Egypt but as Mayes adroitly points out it remained to Belzoni and Jacob Burckhardt to reveal the marvels of the Valley of the Kings and Abu Simbel.
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2 of 6 people found the following review helpful By RGD on February 28, 2008
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The beginning is very uninteresing. Belzoni's epypt adventures are not mentioned until your half way through the book.
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