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Seven Wonders of the Ancient World

«Egypt's The Great Pyramid, the only one of the Seven Wonders that survives virtually intact, reminds us of the overwhelming human desire to collaborate and create "beyond the possibilities of the individual," states Bettany Hughes in her rich historical study The Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. I particularly enjoyed the chapter on The Hanging Gardens of Babylon and learned that "paradise" comes from the Persian word for a beautiful walled garden»

Martin Chilton, Independent
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Detaljer

Forlag
Weidenfeld & Nicolson
Innbinding
Innbundet
Språk
Engelsk
Sider
416
ISBN
9781474610322
Utgivelsesår
2024
Format
24 x 17 cm

Om forfatteren

Bettany Hughes is an award-winning historian, author and broadcaster. Her previous books include Venus and Aphrodite: History of a Goddess (shortlisted for the Runciman Award), Istanbul: A Tale of Three Cities (a Sunday Times bestseller and shortlisted for the Runciman Award), The Hemlock Cup: Socrates, Athens And The Search For The Good Life (a New York Times bestseller and shortlisted for the Writers Guild award) and Helen Of Troy: Goddess, Princess, Whore, and. All her books have been translated into multiple languages. She has made many documentaries for the BBC, Channel 4, PBS, National Geographic, ABC and the Discovery and History channels. Bettany has been a Professor at the New College of Humanities and Research Fellow at King's College London. She has been honoured with numerous awards including the Medlicott Medal for services to history, Europe's Cultural Heritage Prize and an OBE for services to History.

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«Egypt's The Great Pyramid, the only one of the Seven Wonders that survives virtually intact, reminds us of the overwhelming human desire to collaborate and create "beyond the possibilities of the individual," states Bettany Hughes in her rich historical study The Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. I particularly enjoyed the chapter on The Hanging Gardens of Babylon and learned that "paradise" comes from the Persian word for a beautiful walled garden»

Martin Chilton, Independent

«A trip to modern-day Egypt is an appropriate starting point for Bettany Hughes's fascinating exploration of the impact such structures have had on our history and imagination. Mixing the latest archaeological and historical research with a bright, inquisitive style makes these places - and their peoples - come alive.»

Ben East, Observer

«[A]well-researched travelogue, which draws heavily on recent archaeological discoveries.»

The Times

«A thrilling journey in the footsteps of the ancients... One of the great joys of Hughes's book is the way she follows her wonders into their own less-than-glorious afterlives... It is this capacity to move deftly between registers - mythic, historical, sacred, profane and pitifully personal - that makes her such a beguiling guide.»

Guardian

«Hughes has long been one of television's more vivacious historical guides, and here she doubles down on her enthusiasm in a book that transforms these ancient sites into vivid three dimensions for even the most armchair-bound of travellers. It is at once a travelogue and a textbook, and is possessed of an insatiable craving for knowledge ... That she loves her subject is given, but the fact that she manages to endlessly fascinate even those amongst us for whom the ancient world rarely intrudes into the modern is perhaps the real achievement here. History couldn't ask for a better ambassador»

Nick Duerden, i paper

«Bettany Hughes's vivid book is a work of reconstruction in which she recreates not just the buildings themselves but the reactions of the travellers of antiquity... There is no hint of the dry-as-dust lecture here, rather a palpable sense of her own excitement in disinterring these extraordinary edifices.»

New Statesman

«Thrilling, epic, exciting, Bettany Hughes' gripping and scrupulously researched Seven Wonders takes you as if by magic to the great, lost sites of ancient genius, these incredible feats of human imagination and breadth. With skill, scholarship and brilliant writing, Bettany Hughes explores these majestic sites in detail. A magical, sweeping, dazzling book.»

Kate Williams

«Bettany Hughes is the most perfect tour guide I know. Her boundless enthusiasm, clarity and learning combined with a matchless gift for storytelling bring the Wonders of the World leapingly alive. A wondrous wonderful achievement.»

Stephen Fry

«A thrilling armchair journey from a very wise woman. Bettany Hughes is the eighth wonder of the world.»

Lucy Worsley, author of Agatha Christie

«A lively exploration of the ancient world, this fascinating book is brimming with stories of people and places, all told with Bettany's natural sense of wonder and adventure.»

Simon Sebag Montefiore, author of The World: A Family History

«Taking us on a truly fascinating journey through the ancient world, Bettany Hughes not only rebuilds the wonders themselves in the reader's imagination, but also vividly conjures up the culture and environment in which they existed. It is a tale of people as well as places, and I loved learning about what the wonders meant to those who built and visited them, their stories told by Bettany Hughes with trademark passion and humour.»

Elodie Harper, author of The Wolf Den

«This is an entrancing book, at once a love letter to the ancient world and a learned introduction to some of the most astonishing feats of imagination and engineering in human history. It is a pleasure to wander lost realms and inspect (mostly) vanished marvels through Bettany Hughes' bright and erudite writing.»

Dan Jones, author of Powers and Thrones: A New History of the Middle Ages

«So vividly written that it is as if the reader is there, discovering the Seven Wonders first hand. The stories behind them are endlessly fascinating, often surprising, and stay in the memory long after the last page has been turned. A dazzling achievement.»

Tracy Borman

«Every page of this generously illustrated travelogue yields a treasure house of information and reflection on Egyptian, Babylonian and Greek masterworks of architecture, urban planning and sculpture.»

Paul Cartledge, author of Thebes: The Forgotten City of Ancient Greece

«Informed by careful research and enriched by inspired prose, this book is itself a wonder. Bettany Hughes has given new and powerful meaning to the ancient world's most iconic monuments.»

James Romm, author of Dying Every Day: Seneca at the Court of Nero

«This book will fire your imagination and take you on a wonderful tour of the ancient world.»

Press Association

«In an age of travel lists, Buzzfeed popularity-style polls, and online travelogues, this is a fascinating look at the ancient monuments that were a craze in their own times»

Family Tree Magazine

«Hugely engaging»

The Herald, Glasgow

«This fantastic new book from the brilliant Bettany Hughes...is a joy from the outset.»

Peter Frankopan

«One of our most intrepid and cherished TV historians»

Country Walking

«Encourages the reader to question why humanity creates, why we remember some wonders over others, and what it is about the stories entwined with them that fire our curiosity»

Cumberland News

«A meditation on the enduring idea of wonder . . . Hughes's narrative is alive with detail relating to the construction and daily operations of the Seven Wonders in their prime. This is heightened by her intimate knowledge of the archaeological sites»

Bijan Omrani, Literary Review

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