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Gods, Graves and Scholars: The Story of Archaeology

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‘My aim was to portray the dramatic qualities of archaeology, its human side.’
From Pompeii to the Rosetta Stone and from Nineveh to Chichén-Itzá, this hugely influential book was the first to tell the story of archaeology. First published in German in 1949, it was translated into 26 languages and became an international bestseller. More than any other book, it helped stoke a passion for archaeology in the imagination of the post-war world, and remains one of the world’s most widely read books on the subject.

C. W. Ceram was the pseudonym of a Hamburg-based journalist, Kurt W. Marek, who combined an encyclopaedic knowledge of his subject with a gift for storytelling. Ceram tells us that ‘the great Palace of Minos was as large as Buckingham Palace’, that the bronze statues of Pompeii ‘rang like bells’ when they were first struck by the workmen’s shovels, and describes how our modern superstition about a black cat crossing our path stems from ancient Babylon.

Hard back with protective folio case published 1999. Fine condition.

Item details

Author(s):
C W Ceram
Condition:
Used: good
Edition:
1999
Format:
Hardback
Number of pages:
528
Publisher:
Folio Society
Title:
Gods, Graves and Scholars

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‘My aim was to portray the dramatic qualities of archaeology, its human side.’
From Pompeii to the Rosetta Stone and from Nineveh to Chichén-Itzá, this hugely influential book was the first to tell the story of archaeology. First published in German in 1949, it was translated into 26 languages and became an international bestseller. More than any other book, it helped stoke a passion for archaeology in the imagination of the post-war world, and remains one of the world’s most widely read books on the subject.

C. W. Ceram was the pseudonym of a Hamburg-based journalist, Kurt W. Marek, who combined an encyclopaedic knowledge of his subject with a gift for storytelling. Ceram tells us that ‘the great Palace of Minos was as large as Buckingham Palace’, that the bronze statues of Pompeii ‘rang like bells’ when they were first struck by the workmen’s shovels, and describes how our modern superstition about a black cat crossing our path stems from ancient Babylon.

Hard back with protective folio case published 1999. Fine condition.

Author(s):
C W Ceram
Condition:
Used: good
Edition:
1999
Format:
Hardback
Number of pages:
528
Publisher:
Folio Society
Title:
Gods, Graves and Scholars

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