Syracuse, City of Legends: A Glory of Sicily

Syracuse, City of Legends: A Glory of Sicily

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By (author) Jeremy Dummett

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  • Publisher: I.B.Tauris
  • Format: Hardback | 272 pages
  • Dimensions: 156mm x 232mm x 32mm | 522g
  • Publication date: 15 May 2010
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 184885322X
  • ISBN 13: 9781848853225
  • Illustrations note: 20 bw integrated illustrations, 8pp colour plates & 11 maps
  • Sales rank: 298,644

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Dubbed 'the greatest Greek city and the most beautiful of them all' by Cicero, Syracuse also boasts the richest history of anywhere in Sicily. "Syracuse, City of Legends" - the first modern historical guide to the city - explores Syracuse's place within the island and the wider Mediterranean and reveals why it continues to captivate visitors today, more than two and a half millennia after its foundation. Over its long and colorful life, Syracuse has been home to many creative figures, including Archimedes, the greatest mathematician of the ancient world, as well as host to Sappho, Plato, Scipio Africanus, conqueror of Hannibal, and Caravaggio, who have all contributed to the rich history and atmosphere of this beguiling and distinctive Sicilian city. Generously illustrated, "Syracuse, City of Legends" also offers detailed descriptions of the principal monuments from each period in the city's life, explaining their physical location as well as their historical context. This vivid and engaging history weaves together the history, architecture and archeology of Syracuse and will be an invaluable companion for anyone visiting the city as well as a compelling introduction to its ancient and modern history.

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Jeremy Dummett read history at Trinity College, Cambridge, where he became interested in the history and culture of Italy. His professional career took him to Athens and Milan, where he lived and worked for twelve years. Now retired, he is a frequent visitor to Sicily.

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'For newcomers exploring Sicily for the first time, as well as for returning visitors, Jeremy Dummett's Syracuse, City of Legends is a welcome travelling companion whose enthusiasm is catching. Dummett offers a rich trove of information about its deep past, which he helpfully links to the places that can be visited today, including the more intimate places off the beaten path.' - Judith Harris, author of Pompeii Awakened; 'At last Syracuse is receiving the attention it deserves. Congratulations to Jeremy Dummett for his celebration of this Sicilian gem. Don't leave for Sicily without this guide.' - Jordan Lancaster, author of In the Shadow of Vesuvius: A Cultural History of Naples