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[ Free Reading ] The Rape Of The Nile: Tomb Robbers, Tourists, and Archaeologists in EgyptAuthor Brian M. Fagan –

The Scandalous Rape Of Ancient Egypt Is A Historical Vignette Of Greed, Vanity, And Dedicated Archaeological Research It Is A Tale Vividly Told By Renowned Archaeology Author, Brian Fagan, With Characters That Include The Ancient Historian Herodotus Theban Tomb Robbers Obelisk Stealing Romans Coptic Christians Determined To Erase The Heretical Past Mummy Traders Leisured Antiquarians Major European Museums Giovanni Belzoni, A Circus Strongman Who Removed Antiquities Than Napoleon S Armies Shrewd Consuls And Ruthless Pashas And Archaeologists Such Sir Flinders Petrie Who Changed The Course Of EgyptologyThis Is The First Thoroughly Revised Edition Of The Rape Of The Nile Fagan S Classic Account Of The Cavalcade Of Archaeologists, Thieves, And Sightseers Who Have Flocked To The Nile Valley Since Ancient Times Featured In This Edition Are New Accounts Of Stunning Recent Discoveries, Including The Royal Tombs Of Tanis, The Valley Of Golden Mummies At Bahariya, The Tomb Of The Sons Of Ramses, And The Sunken City Of Alexandria Whose Lighthouse Was One Of The Seven Wonders Of The Ancient World Fagan Concludes With A Clear Eyed Assessment Of The Impact Of Modern Mass Tourism On Archaeological Sites And Artifacts

10 thoughts on “The Rape Of The Nile: Tomb Robbers, Tourists, and Archaeologists in Egypt

  1. says:

    One of the best books ever I didn t realize the effect of politics on archaeology before The author mentioned a lot of great names such as Maspero and Belzoni The writing style was simple and entertaining although I read it translated into Arabic Reading this book was a really good experience

  2. says:

    This was a very well written and interesting book about the plunderers of Ancient Egyptian artifacts and ruin sites Brian starts off with the Ancient Egyptians, moves on to The Great Belzoni and ends the book with stories about a general mix of Victorian adventurers, explorers and archeologists This is not a dry non fiction book, Brian really seems to be able to bring these historical characters to life and entertainingly tell the story of plunder, mischief and destruction that was the beginning of Egyptian Archeology.

  3. says:

    A long research work detailing the volume of antiquities and artifacts that have been removed from Egypt right from the era of the Ancient Egyptians up to our time.

  4. says:

    Had to read for school

  5. says:

    Maybe because it is the oldest of civilisations maybe because its climate has meant so much has been preserved maybe because of the exoticism and strangeness of its hieroglyphs maybe because of the visible splendour and majesty of its relics maybe because of the wealth and luxury of its pharaohs for all these reasons and many , Egypt has always drawn the attention of the curious and the greedy The history of tomb robbing in Egypt goes back a very very long way, after all, all the way back to the days of the pharaohs themselves Even in the earliest days of archaeology and in the case of the 18th and 19th centuries, the term must be used very loosely it was rare to find an un ransacked tomb hence the remarkableness of the find of Tutankhamen s tomb.For centuries Egypt s temples and tombs have been plundered for their stone for building materials, to eliminate evidence of a pagan past, because they were inconvenient and in the way, because they were beautiful, valuable, exotic There was scarcely a thought of preservation, cultural heritage or ownership Westerners were free to take obelisks, tombs, sarcophagi and mummies at will No trip to Egypt was complete without a trunkful of statues and relics There was even a thriving market in powdered mummy for medicinal purposes Museums competed with one another to enhance their collections, Britain and France at the vanguard of the movement and the British Museum and the Louvre are still the beneficiaries of this pillaging.It may seem strange to lump archaeologists in such inauspicious company as tomb robbers and tourists, but when it comes to the history of Egypt and its ancient monuments it is all but impossible to separate them out The three have much in common theft, destruction, avarice and greed In archaeology s infancy in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries there was very little to distinguish the archaeologist from the tomb robber searching for treasure was the goal, there was no thought of the importance of context or placement, of careful investigation, of surveys and notes, of preservation One can only wonder just how much the understanding of ancient Egypt was set back by this behaviour, how much may have been lost or destroyed in the hunt for buried treasure.Brian Fagan himself is no archaeologist or Egyptologist, but this history needs a background in neither to be thoroughly readable and enjoyable If nothing else he casts a weary and cynical eye on the impact of tourism on the world s historical and cultural treasures and recognises that the perennial human need to experience and possess something for one s self will only ever result in the ultimate destruction of that desired object.

  6. says:

    In The Rape of the Nile, Brian Fagan tells the story of centuries of theft and destruction of priceless artefacts and archeological sites, largely by foreign invaders and adventurers, but also by Egyptians themselves The catalogue of loss is a long one, and includes Roman conquerers, medieval adventurers, Napoleonic soldiers and historians, British entrepreneurs and archeologists all of whom felt that the treasures of the ancient land of Egypt were theirs for the taking During the past two thousand years Ancient Egypt has effectively been destroyed, both by the Egyptians themselves and by a host of foreigners, many of them arriving in the Nile Valley in the name of science and nationalism The loss to archaeology is incalculable, that to Egyptian history even staggering As a result of the looting and pillage of generations of irresponsible visitors, the artifacts and artistic achievements of the Ancient Egyptians are scattered all over the globe, some of the most beautiful and spectacular of them stored or displayed thousands of miles from the Nile Fagan s detailed accounting of the discoveries and wholesale removals of the cultural wealth of an entire civilisation often in recent times under the paternalistic colonial argument that Western institutions can take better care of Egypt s heritage than Egyptians can is valuable both as a record of the development of Egyptology and as a testament to the necessity of cultural sensitivity on the part of archeologists, and cultural preservation on the part of countries such as Egypt whose history has been turned into a tourist bazaar.

  7. says:

    Fagan s overview of the history of the pillage of Egypt, in the architectural sense, is excellent as far as it goes I like what I learned, but I d have liked to learn about the local Egyptian government role in all this, the history of how Egypt moved toward a preservation ethic, and I d like to see a lot real history on the collectors the people who wound up with the loot and what they did with it and why But it s still a great read

  8. says:

    Real Tomb Raiders Not so much shooting and saving the world kind of stuff, bureaucratic infighting and European nobility hissy fits Some fascinating characters and the research seems solid It s too bad humans have to destroy so much before we think to learn from it or preserve it An OK book, but not exactly a page turner.

  9. says:

    The author, Brian Fagan, is one of the world s leading archaeological writers This book is an update of his first one to include new accounts of recent discoveries I did not know much about Egyptian history in regards to its antiquities This book enlightened me in a well written and very readable way with fascinating and interesting information I recommend this highly.

  10. says:

    A popular history of the dark side of Egyptian exploration the looting of antiquities I had read most of this material in bits and pieces in other books, but not as a continuous book Fagan is a good writer but this is not his best book it was a little superficial, but worth reading.