Syracuse, City of Legends (häftad)
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Tauris Parke
17 colour in 8pp plates 14 bw 12 maps
14 black & white, 17 black & white in 8 pages plates, 12 maps
231 x 155 x 23 mm
431 g
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Syracuse, City of Legends (häftad)

Syracuse, City of Legends

A Glory of Sicily

Häftad Engelska, 2020-07-09
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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 colourful life, Syracuse has been home to many creative figures, including Archimedes, the greatest mathematician of the ancient world, as well as host to 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 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 archaeology 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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List of Illustrations Preface Acknowledgements Prologue Part 1. The Story of Syracuse: From Greek City State to Modern Times 1. Foundation and the Rule of Gelon and Hiero I 2. The Athenian Expedition to Sicily 3. Dionysius I: Tyrant and Warlord 4. Five More Tyrants 5. Hiero II and the Roman Siege 6. Cicero and the Rise of Rome 7. Santa Lucia and the Early Christians 8. Byzantium and the Arab Siege 9. Outline to 1945 10. Modern Syracuse Part 2. The Principal Monuments: A Commentary 11. The Greek Era 12. The Roman Era 13. The Early Christian Era 14. Baroque Syracuse 15. Other Important Monuments Notes Further Reading Bibliography Chronological Table Glossary Index