Kingdoms of Ruin: The Art and Architectural Splendours of Ancient TurkeyHardback
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- Publisher: I.B.Tauris
- Format: Hardback | 256 pages
- Dimensions: 226mm x 272mm x 30mm | 1,601g
- Publication date: 22 June 2010
- Publication City/Country: London
- ISBN 10: 1845117999
- ISBN 13: 9781845117993
- Illustrations note: 152 full colour photographs
- Sales rank: 215,968
Turkey boasts a legacy of extraordinary richness and magnificence. From the dawn of civilization Anatolia spawned great empires of her own - Hittite, Phrygian and Lydian - and then felt the mark of Persia, Greece and Rome. The story of the country is one of migration and conquest, artistic and spiritual splendour and cities and gods trampled underfoot. The brutal greatness of this complex past is reflected in the ruins populating the region's immense landscape. Some sites, such as Homer-haunted Troy, white marbled Ephesus and the lofty acropolis of Pergamon, are already familiar to the modern visitor.More intrepid travellers encounter fallen cities that may be less famous, but are no less spectacular. They leave wondering what yet awaits discovery along the timeless Aegean coastline, either buried in the shadows of resin-scented pine-forests or clinging to the foothills of distant, snow-capped mountains. In "Kingdoms of Ruin", acclaimed photographer Jeremy Stafford-Deitsch presents 150 sublime full-colour images to illustrate the unparalleled glory of Anatolia's matchless ancient sites. Some are world famous, some are known only to scholars while a few are visited only by shepherds and treasure hunters. Introduced by an extensive contextualising essay, "Kingdoms of Ruin" will be essential reading for historians of antiquity and armchair travellers alike.
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Jeremy Stafford-Deitsch, a celebrated photographer of the natural world and the great sites of antiquity, was educated at Eton, King's College London and University College London. His previous books include The Monuments of Ancient Egypt, Red Sea Sharks and Mangrove: The Forgotten Habitat.
'This sumptuous book by author and photographer Jeremy Stafford-Deitsch is in essence a love poem to the evocative landscapes and ruins of Asia Minor. It is brimming with gorgeous photographs, both of well known sites and of a connoisseur's secrets hiding well off the beaten track. The expert will be mightily impressed by these unique shots and the newcomer inspired through exposure to the rich cultural heritage of millennia, here presented in a series of awe-inspiring, mountainous panoramas. The accompanying text is an empathic travelogue full of enjoyable allusions to the classical tradition that segues into a well-written historical narrative stretching from prehistory to the end of the Byzantine Empire. There is so much to savour here, for Anatolian aficionados and newcomers alike.' - Barbara E Borg, Professor of Classical Archaeology, University of Exeter; 'Jeremy Stafford-Deitsch's odyssey chronicles the history and culture of the successive peoples who have followed one another in turn across the immemorial landscape of what is now Turkey, recording in his superb photographs the monuments and works of art that they have left behind. He evokes the lost worlds of these vanished and almost forgotten Anatolian civilizations, veritable Kingdoms of Ruin, which now come to light again in his remarkable book.' - John Freely, author of 'The Western Shores of Turkey' and 'Istanbul: The Imperial City'