Chronicles the legendary searches of European and American archaeologists who were lured to Mesopotamia in the nineteenth century, examining the eccentricities, frustrations, hardships, and brilliance of such adventurers as Claudia and Mary Rich and Henry Rawlinson...
|Title||:||Return to Babylon: Travelers, Archaeologists, and Monuments in Mesopotamia|
|Publisher||:||Little Brown 1st edition November 1, 1979|
|Number of Pages||:||300 pages|
|File Size||:||690 KB|
|Status||:||Available For Download|
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Return to Babylon: Travelers, Archaeologists, and Monuments in Mesopotamia Reviews
If you're fascinated by ancient Mesopotamian civilization - their lost and rediscovered language, culture, and urban achievements - then this is NOT the book for you. If, on the other hand, you are fascinated by the struggles, conquests, and peculiarities of Victorian-era treasure hunters and proto-archaeologists, you'll probably find this a rich source of information and anecdotes.
I haven't read much since college days about the ancient civilizations of Mesopotamia and the archaeological expeditions responsible for discovering so much about them. I hoped that Brian M. Fagan's RETURN TO BABYLON would be a refresher course of sorts. It was, although at times I found the book to be delivering more than I wanted.
This is one of the better books I've read in 2010. Fagan has a great take on historical presentation--his book is filled with anecdotes and vivid imagery of these historical archaeologists. He does a great job of describing not only 18th century archaeology, but also its subject matter, the near east, to fair detail Most of all, this is a thrilling presentation from a man who clearly loves his subject matter. I look forward to reading his other works.
Great book on early excavation and politics in the middle east between the end of WW1 and the 1940s