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To Wake the Dead: A Renaissance Merchant and the Birth of Archaeology Hardcover – Bargain Price, August 31, 2009
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Belozerskaya offers us a ticket to ride along with Cyriacus on his many adventures. Her outstanding research and engaging writing style combine to make this a fun book about the amazing, mostly forgotten "father of archaeology." The book does lack one thing: a reference map.
The author here gives us the life of Cyriacus Pizzecolli, who was born at Ancona, in southern Italy. In autumn 1421, young Cyriacus, apprenticed to a merchant from a young age, who was himself to become a most successful merchant, looked up from his business at the port of Ancona, and noticed something the users of the port had long ignored, a Roman triumphal arch rising high overhead. The young merchant would do some research, and realize that it was dedicated to the Roman emperor Trajan. From this would develop a lifelong, extremely productive mission of finding and preserving classical monuments wherever he could: and his business as a merchant enabled - paid -- him to travel widely.Read more ›
It would be difficult to overstate the importance of Cyriacus' work for today's archaeologists. One significant reason for this is that many of the structures that he carefully drew and documented were subsequently severely damaged and some were completely destroyed in the subsequent decades and centuries. Thus, his records became the only remaining reliable detailed descriptions available. This book also presents a snapshot of the Renaissance in the mid-fifteenth century, complete with the religious and political turmoil that played an important part in Cyriacus' life and times.
The writing style is clear, friendly, accessible, lively and immensely captivating. This is a book that can be enjoyed by anyone who likes a good adventure story; archaeology/history buffs in particular will be in for a treat.
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This book was very interesting and informative. I rarely read these kind of books, but son had to in college, so I read it this summer when he brought it home.Published 12 months ago by Seier
Have you ever heard of Cyrianacus Pizzecolli? I hadn't either. Belozerskaya credits him as the father of archeology. Read morePublished on July 26, 2012 by Gderf
Fortunately I so anticipated reading this book that I borrowed it before buying a copy. Mrs. Belozerskaya's imaginings of Cyriacus' life and times sound flat and false. Read morePublished on June 8, 2012 by Mr. L