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Monuments Past and Present - Ancient Sicily & Ancient Lebanon

Ancient Sicily. Monuments Past and Present. By Gaetano Messineo and Emanuela Borgia. (Vision S.r.l., Rome: 2006. Pgs. 72. Illustrations, Overlays, Map, Site Plans. Spiral Bound.) ISBN: 88-8162-147-9.

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Ancient Lebanon. Monuments Past and Present. By Maria Josť Strazzulla. (Vision S.r.l., Rome: 2006. Pgs. 72. Illustrations, Overlays, Map, Site Plans. Spiral Bound.) ISBN: 88-8162-142-8.


Reviewed by Rochelle Caviness - March 20, 2006

Ancient Sicily, by Gaetano Messineo and Emanuela Borgia and Ancient Lebanon by Maria Josť Strazzulla are two new editions to the outstanding Monuments Past and Present series. These are two unique guidebooks that not only provided an unprecedented look back at the archaeology, history, and architecture of these two regions, but these books also include overlays that show how the various monuments, buildings, and archaeological sites looked when they were originally constructed. When you remove the overlay, you can see how the various sites and items look today. Each volume is spiral bound and includes an historical overview of the area under discussion.

Ancient Sicily

Some of the cities and sites discussed in detail in this volume include: Ancient Lebanon

Some of the cities and sites discussed in detail in this volume include: These books contain a wealth of illustrations ranging from images of ancient artwork, statuary, interior and exterior pictures of public and private buildings, to maps and modern artwork depicting ancient events or architecture and photographs of historically significant sites. Additionally the various structures, artwork, and cultural artifacts pictured throughout the texts are discussed in detail.

These books will be of interest to both armchair and foot on the ground travelers, as well as anyone interested in art history, history, and archaeology. These books are jammed-packed with information and are lavishly illustrated. For those who cannot actually go and see these sites in person, these books are some of the best 'next to actually being there' books that I've come across.


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The Past and Present Series
A guidebooks series consiting of four books, Christian Rome: Early Christian Rome Catacombs and Basilicas, Italy: Monuments Past and Present, Israel: Past and Present, and Jordan: Past and Present - Petra, Jerash, Amman.

Egypt - From Alexander to the Early Christians, edited by Roger S. Bagnall and Dominic W. Rathbone.
An Archaeological and Historical Guide to Egypt - covering the period from Alexander the Great's conquest of Egypt in 332 B.C. through the Arab conquest of Egypt in A.D. 641.

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