The Great Belzoni
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The Great Belzoni : The Circus Strongman Who Discovered Egypt's Ancient Treasures

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This is the truly extraordinary life story of Giovanni Belzoni - engineer, barber, monk, actor and circus strongman (where he earned his title, 'The Great Belzoni'), who became one of the giants of 19th century Egyptian archaeology. Sometimes maligned as a tomb robber, Giovanni Battista Belzoni is perhaps the most important and yet least remembered explorer and archaeologist of the last two hundred years. Giovanni Belzoni was the first person to penetrate the heart of the second pyramid at Giza and the first European to visit the oasis of Siwah and discover the ruined city of Berenice on the Red Sea. In 1823, at the age of forty-five, Belzoni died of fever trying to reach the mysterious city of Timbuktu. There has never been a character quite like him in the history of exploration.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 360 pages
  • 126 x 198 x 28mm | 399.17g
  • I.B.Tauris & Co Ltd
  • Tauris Parke Paperbacks
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Annotated
  • annotated edition
  • 1845113330
  • 9781845113339
  • 438,814

About Stanley Mayes

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

Review quote

"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"show more