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

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


By (author) Stanley Mayes

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  • Publisher: Tauris Parke Paperbacks
  • Format: Paperback | 368 pages
  • Dimensions: 145mm x 185mm x 27mm | 390g
  • Publication date: 1 December 2003
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 1860648770
  • ISBN 13: 9781860648779
  • Illustrations note: 12 b&w illustrations

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This is the extraordinary life story of Giovanni Belzoni - engineer, barber, monk, actor and circus strongman (where he later 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 19th and 20th centuries. 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 45, Belzoni died of fever trying to reach the mysterious city of Timbuktu.

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

Review quote

"If you wish to find inspiration for Allen Quatermain and Indiana Jones go no further, for here is a highly entertaining account of a fascinating character." 18/03/04 Chichester Observer - Waterstone's staff choice - Reviewed by Stephen George