The Atlas of Lost Cities: Legendary Cities RediscoveredHardback
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- Publisher: Godsfield Press Ltd
- Format: Hardback | 176 pages
- Dimensions: 240mm x 280mm x 24mm | 1,161g
- Publication date: 4 March 2008
- Publication City/Country: London
- ISBN 10: 1841813273
- ISBN 13: 9781841813271
- Illustrations note: 160
- Sales rank: 1,008,653
"The Atlas of Lost Cities" explores some of the most extraordinary ancient cities from around the world that have been abandoned, forgotten or hidden by time, and ponders the lessons they can teach us today. This fascinating book examines the role of natural and man-made disasters, rulers and hostile neighbours and the fate of cities built to celebrate religious beliefs and enshrine gods and deities. It traces the lost beauty and ancient wisdom embodied in such key sites as Borobodur in Java and Aphrodisias in Turkey and examines the causes of the failure of cities such as Niya in Central Asia and Mesa Verde in Colorado that had thrived for centuries. This is a thought-provoking and illuminating reference work for everyone fascinated by ancient civilizations.
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A full-time author and editor, Brenda Rosen is a student of mythic traditions and ancient cultures. She is the author of a number of titles on mythological and spiritual themes, including Mermaid Wisdom for Godsfield Press and Crystal Basics for Hamlyn. Location: Chicago, USA.
Table of contents
Introduction: Why cities are lost: exploring the actions of man and nature. Chapter 1: Cities of the Sea. How natural disasters have drowned such beautiful cities as Mahalbalipuram in India and Heraklion near Alexandria and how underwater archaeology is helping us reconstruct them. Chapter 2: Cities of the Desert and Plains. Examines some of the most prosperous cities ever seen on the planet including Ur in Iraq, Leptis Magna in Libya and the great lost cities of the Silk Road. Chapter 3: Cities of Hills and Mountains. Explores fabled cities such as Machu Picchu, Nemrud Dagi in Turkey and Petra in Jordan and how the mountains both protected and destroyed them. Chapter 4: Cities of Jungle and Forests. How and why nature reclaimed such sites as Ciudad Blanca in Honduras, Great Zimbabwe in Africa and Ayutthaya in Thailand. Chapter 5: Cities of Kings, Queens and Emperors. Examines the overweaning ambition of great rulers which may have led to the collapse of cities such as Troy, Persepolis and Carthage. Chapter 6: Sacred Cities. Explores how fabled cities of purity and enlightenment including Angkor Wat in Cambodia, Akhetan in Egypt and Paestum in Italy came to be abandoned, neglected or destroyed. Index.