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ISBN: 0813931401
Author: Ivor Noël Hume
Language: English
Publisher: University of Virginia Press; 1st edition (November 14, 2011)
Pages: 320
Category: Professionals & Academics
Subcategory: Biography
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A biography of Giovanni Belzoni, a 6-foot-6 giant who earned the undying enmity of his successors in a field that .

A biography of Giovanni Belzoni, a 6-foot-6 giant who earned the undying enmity of his successors in a field that only later became known as archaeology. Sarah Belzoni was with her husband in Malta, on their way to what they hoped would be a new audience of rich Turks in Constantinople, when a chance encounter in a hotel led to a detour to Cairo - and one particularly rich Turk whose interest in making more efficient agricultural use of the Nile might finally allow Belzoni to return to his true.

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ologists-Love-Hate filled in many blanks in Egypt. The giant Belzoni also visited the Great Pyramid, crawling through its inner passages and becoming so tightly wedged in that his guides had to pull him out forcibly

ologists-Love-Hate filled in many blanks in Egypt. The giant Belzoni also visited the Great Pyramid, crawling through its inner passages and becoming so tightly wedged in that his guides had to pull him out forcibly. Belzoni was to return to Britain in 1819 as a sort of hero, even known as "The Great Belzoni. Back in London, he arranged to set up a replica of the tomb of Seti I in, no less, the Egyptian Hall in Piccadilly.

Noël Hume's work is noted for the effort to put the social life and economic . Belzoni: The Giant Archaeologists Love to Hate (2011), University of Virginia Press.

Noël Hume's work is noted for the effort to put the social life and economic overtones of history into the discoveries unearthed through archaeological examination - thus: historical archaeology. It fell to Noël Hume's books, lectures, and television presentations to help bring it to the forefront of his profession, where it stands today," the University of Virginia Press said in its fall 2010 catalogue, which features his autobiography, A Passion for the Past: The Odyssey of a Transatlantic Archaeologist.

Belzoni : The Giant Archaeologists Love to Hate. By (author) Ivor Noel Hume.

2011 Belzoni: The Giant Archaeologists Love to Hate. University of Virginia Press, Charlottesville. Noël Hume, Ivor, and Audrey Noël Hume 2001 The Archaeology of Martin’s Hundred. University of Pennsylvania Museum, Philadelphia.

A giant who performed feats of strength and agility in the circus. Giovanni Belzoni (1778-1824) was all of these before going on to become one of the most controversial figures in the history of Egyptian archaeology

A giant who performed feats of strength and agility in the circus. Giovanni Belzoni (1778-1824) was all of these before going on to become one of the most controversial figures in the history of Egyptian archaeology.

Noël Hume, former head of the Department of Archaeology for Colonial Williamsburg, has pursued bottles, pottery, clocks, and coins through junk shops, street markets, attics, and cellars on two continents.

One person's trash is another's treasure! In his newly revised classic, All the Best Rubbish, Ivor Noël Hume traces the fascinating history of collecting from its recorded beginnings and describes the remarkable detective work that goes into establishing the probable facts about uncovered and often underappreciated treasures. Noël Hume, former head of the Department of Archaeology for Colonial Williamsburg, has pursued bottles, pottery, clocks, and coins through junk shops, street markets, attics, and cellars on two continents.

The Italian son of a barber. A failed hydraulic engineer. A giant who performed feats of strength and agility in the circus. Giovanni Belzoni (1778–1824) was all of these before going on to become one of the most controversial figures in the history of Egyptian archaeology. A man of exceptional size with an ego of comparable proportions, he procured for the British Museum some of its largest and still awe-inspiring treasures. Today, however, the typical museum visitor knows nothing of Belzoni, and many modern archaeologists dismiss him as an ignorant vandal.

In this captivating new biography, Ivor Noël Hume re-creates an early nineteenth century in which there was no established archaeological profession, only enormous opportunity. Belzoni landed in Egypt, where he was unsuccessful in selling a hydraulic machine of his own invention, and came under the patronage of diplomat Henry Salt, who convinced him to travel to Thebes in search of artifacts. Among the many treasures Belzoni would bring back was the seven-ton stone head of Ramesses II, the "Young Memnon."

The book includes gripping accounts of Belzoni’s wildly productive, and physically brutal, expeditions, as well as an unforgettable portrait of his wife, Sarah, who suffered the hardships of the Egyptian deserts and later bore the brunt of the disillusionment that came with the declining popular perception of her husband. Including numerous illustrations, many in color, this volume brings one of archaeology’s most fascinating figures vividly to life.

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Helo
How many of us as children pretended to play circus strong men and then as we grew, the field of play moved to the sands of Egypt and we were Archaeologists hunting, then admittedly running away from, a fabric wrapped mummy fresh from the pyramid? Belzoni lived this life for us and this is his tale.

First I want to address this book from a physical perspective. The book is beautfilly bound in some of the nicest cloth I have seen on a book. The paper is really nice as well. The dust jacket is well designed and captures your attention. What really amazed me was the number of color plates throughout the book showing the paintings done by Belzoni. They were clear and very pleasant to look at. Some times you would think of this more as a text book than a biography.

For those of you familiar with Ivor Noel Hume's work you will recognize immediately that we are experiencing this along with him. Much in the style of Martin's Hundred this book reads like a mystery where you keep turning pages to find out who did what to whom. Belzoni started as a strong man act and was able to use his wits to be one of the people on the ground floor of early Egyptian archaeology.. The descriptions of Egypt and the work in the tombs paints a picture of stifling heat and horrific labor problems. Not to mention the fact that alot of this was new so creativity and engineering came into play so that these massive artifacts could be moved. Belzoni was able to supply plenty of both. Some of the fun of this book is reading how Belzoni worked with and around some of his rivals on the ground in Egypt.

The unsung hero of this book is Belzoni's wife Sarah. She did so much to support him in his work, often doing the work herself. To her dying day, long after he was gone she was supporting his work and trying to get was due to them for the years of toil.

The secret of this book is revealed if you read A Passion for the Past: The Odyssey of a Transatlantic Archaeologist before reading Belzoni. It is Ivor Noel Hume's biography and quite a pleasant read. What we find is a parallel between Hume's life and Belzoni. Hume had aspirations for the theater in London but ended up taking work as someone digging up artifacts as they rebuilt London. He was able to eventually become the head of archaeology at Colonial Williamsburg for many years. His techniques and ideas are the building blocks of modern archaeology. You can call it the American Dream or whatever you want but you definitely have to admire anyone who can use their wits and succeed as both of these men have done.

I am a simple person and this is a simple review. I think Belzoni will appeal to many different people as it's narrative is well written and the timeline is clear. Whether you enjoy archaeology, biography, or mysteries you will enjoy this book. Thanks Noel for another great read!
Mogelv
Very good biography of a tenacious man. Belzoni-Giant-Archaeologists-Love-Hate filled in many blanks in Egypt. Ever wondered what it would be like to stumble upon add centuries old archeological wonder? Look no further, but bring some hats, sunscreen, a long suffering woman, and someone with money. Great read!
Tiv
Very interesting book for those who love Egyptology and history.
Rolorel
This is a very nice large book. I really like it, very well done one one of my favorite explorers!
Gathris
Great historical storytelling!
Cia
The best book on Belzoni and 19th century Egyptology I have read. I highly recommend it to everyone, not just archaeologists.
Saithinin
It's great to see Noel Hume, with his vast experience in archaeology, apply himself to the biography of such a widely misunderstood (by me, among many others) figure as Belzoni. Noel Hume's portrayal of the man, his wife, and his times places a great deal in context, and helps make explainable and understandable a lot of things that we "modern" archaeologists tend to oversimplify and stereotype. I also appreciate his clarity about what he does NOT know and CANNOT account for -- always good archaeological practice, but not always adhered to by archaeologists who get into popular writing. An entertaining and informative book, which ought to be interesting to anyone (not just archaeologists) with an interest in Egypt, Egyptology, or the Colonial era.
Quick, name an Egyptologist. For me, the only name I could think of was Howard Carter, who made the sensational King Tutankhamen finds. Because of a witty and instructive current biography, though, there's now another whose name I am glad to know. _Belzoni: The Giant Archeologists Love to Hate_ (University of Virginia Press) is by Ivor Noël Hume, who is himself an archeologist. Hume has books about his own work in more recent archeology, and was the director of Colonial Williamsburg's research program, but he has valuable insider's insights on the work of the almost-forgotten Giovanni Belzoni, who was among the first to bring back treasures from Egypt in the wild days when museums and collectors were glad to get statues and mummy cases and didn't mind that their acquisition came from some sort of smash-and-grab operation. So archeologists do "love to hate" Belzoni, although he cannot be faulted for not having a modern idea of professional propriety. And he was literally a giant, six and a half feet tall at a time when such heights were rarities. How an Italian commoner came to be digging around the Nile for Britain proves to be a lively tale.

Belzoni was born in 1778, one of fourteen children sired by his father, a barber in Padua, Italy. He got training in hydraulic engineering, but when he wound up in England, he had no work prospects except using his height and strength in the fairs and circuses as the "Patagonian Sampson." A chance meeting eventually gave him the prospect of going to Egypt and using machinery to shift the waters of the Nile, but this did not pan out. Belzoni contacted the British consul general in Egypt, Henry Salt, who owed his appointment to his post to a wealthy patron, and knew that one way of currying favor with British aristocrats was to ship them Egyptian antiquities. Salt hired Belzoni for the initial job of going to the mortuary city of Thebes, and finding there the gigantic bust of Ramesses II, commonly called "the Young Memnon." Moving and transporting the huge statue had nothing to do with hydraulics, but it called upon Belzoni's engineering skills. Belzoni proved to be good at patiently dealing with chieftains whose regions held archeological sites, and he was also good at getting labor from the local populace, which Hume says often displayed "their innate reluctance to overwork." In becoming one of the first Egyptologists, he had truly found his calling. He zipped up and down the Nile for three years, raising fallen statues, resurrecting mummies and digging in the sands. He was the first man to open the magnificent temple at Abu Simbel. He discovered the entrance to the second pyramid at Giza. The giant Belzoni also visited the Great Pyramid, crawling through its inner passages and becoming so tightly wedged in that his guides had to pull him out forcibly. Belzoni was to return to Britain in 1819 as a sort of hero, even known as "The Great Belzoni." Back in London, he arranged to set up a replica of the tomb of Seti I in, no less, the Egyptian Hall in Piccadilly. He hit a problem, though, in trying to get Seti's sarcophagus for the display; Belzoni had excavated it and sent it back, but he and Salt and the British Museum were arguing over costs and ownership, and the display suffered without it. (It wound up in Sir John Soane's Museum.) He wrote a memoir in 1821, however, and it sold briskly: _Narrative of the Operations and Recent Discoveries within the Pyramids, Temples, Tombs, and Excavations in Egypt and Nubia_. By most standards, he had a successful life and he did increase European understanding of the ancient pharaonic world. He was, to his disappointment, never to be accepted as the sort of gentleman scholar he wished to be; he was too Italian, and he had been in the circus, and he had done his digging for financial gain.

Hume displays a great deal of professional sympathy toward Belzoni's work. He thinks unfair the criticism of Belzoni as a looter, citing a passage from Belzoni's writing about crashing into mummy cases; Hume remarks, "That description, and others like it, have led to Belzoni being condemned by modern archaeologists as their profession's most dastardly plunderer - overlooking, of course, that in 1817 there was no archeological profession." Hume can't show that Belzoni was an exemplar of our own concepts of archeological propriety, but he has nicely given us an appreciation of Belzoni's real accomplishments.

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