Warriors of Ancient Siberia


Author: St John Simpson

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780500021286

Category: Art, Scythian

Page: 368

View: 9818

The Scythians were an ancient nomadic people, who lived in the Russian steppe from 900 to 400 BC. They established a rich, nomadic civilization stretching from their homeland in Siberia as far as the Black Sea and the edge of China. Mobility and mastery of local resources were central to their culture and their achievements. Forerunners of the Sarmatians, the Huns, the Turks and the Mongols, the Scythians were feared adversaries and respected neighbours of the Assyrians, the Persians and the Ancient Greeks. Much of what we know about them comes from the Ancient Greek historian Herodotus, as they left no written records of their own. This book offers unique insights into the life and funerary beliefs of the Scythians, whose culture has been remarkably well preserved because of the unique conditions provided by the Siberian permafrost. Also included are many rare and recently discovered finds of personal garments and possessions made from gold, leather, fur and felt, revealing the legacy of one Russia's oldest indigenous civilizations. Drawing on the latest research, this new book will appeal to anyone interested in the ancient world and Russian culture..

King Arthur

The Making of the Legend


Author: N. J. Higham

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 0300210922

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 336

View: 4720

A prominent scholar explores King Arthur's historical development, proposing that he began as a fictional character developed in the ninth century According to legend, King Arthur saved Britain from the Saxons and reigned over it gloriously sometime around A.D. 500. Whether or not there was a "real" King Arthur has all too often been neglected by scholars; most period specialists today declare themselves agnostic on this important matter. In this erudite volume, Nick Higham sets out to solve the puzzle, drawing on his original research and expertise to determine precisely when, and why, the legend began. Higham surveys all the major attempts to prove the origins of Arthur, weighing up and debunking hitherto claimed connections with classical Greece, Roman Dalmatia, Sarmatia, and the Caucasus. He then explores Arthur's emergence in Wales--up to his rise to fame at the hands of Geoffrey of Monmouth. Certain to arouse heated debate among those committed to defending any particular Arthur, Higham's book is an essential study for anyone seeking to understand how Arthur's story began.

The Porpoise


Author: Mark Haddon

Publisher: Random House

ISBN: 1473564700

Category: Fiction

Page: 336

View: 3580

‘Just downright brilliant... a transcendant, transporting experience’ Observer ‘A full-throttle blast of storytelling mastery’ Max Porter A newborn baby is the sole survivor of a terrifying plane crash. She is raised in wealthy isolation by an overprotective father. She knows nothing of the rumours about a beautiful young woman, hidden from the world. When a suitor visits, he understands far more than he should. Forced to run for his life, he escapes aboard The Porpoise, an assassin on his tail... So begins a wild adventure of a novel, damp with salt spray, blood and tears. A novel that leaps from the modern era to ancient times; a novel that soars, and sails, and burns long and bright; a novel that almost drowns in grief yet swims ashore. Pirates rampage, a princess wins a wrestler’s hand, and ghost women with lampreys’ teeth drag a man to hell – and in which the members of a shattered family, adrift in a violent world, journey towards a place called home. 'A breathless, delightful, utterly absorbing read' Guardian

Public History

A Practical Guide


Author: Faye Sayer

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 1350051322

Category: History

Page: 352

View: 6823

The 2nd edition of Public History: A Practical Guide provides a fresh examination of history as practiced in its various worldly guises and contexts. It analyses the many skills that historians require in the practice of public history and looks at how a range of actors, including museums, archives, government agencies, community history societies and the media/digital media, make history accessible to a wider audience in a variety of ways. Faye Sayer's exciting new edition includes: * Brand new chapters on 'Restoration and Preservation' and history and the working world * Substantial additions covering the growing fields of digital history and history in politics * More images, figures and international case studies from the US, Australia, the UK, Europe and Asia * 'Personal Reflection' sections from a range of industry experts from around the world * Historiographical updates and significant revisions throughout the text * Expanded online 'Public History Toolkit' resource, with a range of new features Public History: A Practical Guide delivers a comprehensive outline of this increasingly prevalent area of the discipline, offering a distinctly global approach that is both accessible and engaging in equal measure. Finally, it explores future methodological possibilities and can be used as a reference point for professional development planning in the sectors discussed. This is the essential overview for any student wanting to know what history means beyond the classroom.

Barbarians at the Wall

The First Nomadic Empire and the Making of China


Author: John Man

Publisher: Random House

ISBN: 1473554195

Category: History

Page: 336

View: 9788

The people of the first nomadic empire left no written records, but from 200 BC they dominated the heart of Asia for 400 years. They changed the world. The Mongols, today’s descendants of Genghis Khan, see them as ancestors. Their rise cemented Chinese unity and inspired the first Great Wall. Their heirs under Attila the Hun helped destroy the Roman Empire. We don’t know what language they spoke, but they became known as Xiongnu, or Hunnu, a term passed down the centuries and across Eurasia, enduring today in shortened form as ‘Hun’. Outside Asia precious little is known of their rich history, but new evidence reframes our understanding of the indelible mark they left on a vast region stretching from Europe and sweeping right across Central Asia deep into China. Based on meticulous research and new archaeological evidence, Barbarians at the Wall traces their epic story, and shows how the nomadic cultures of the steppes gave birth to a ‘barbarian empire’ with the wealth and power to threaten the civilised order of the ancient world.

Herausgegeben Von, Isabel Siben


Author: Emilia Kabakov

Publisher: Prestel Pub


Category: Art

Page: 213

View: 3173

Der russische Künstler Ilya Kabakov ist bekannt für seine ungewöhnlichen Installationen. Eine andere Facette des Künstlers zeigt dieser Ausstellungskatalog: Hier taucht man ab in seine Welt der Theater- und Bühnenentwürfe. Diese selten gesehenen Werke werden von Skizzen, Zeichnungen und Kommentaren Kabakovs erklärend begleitet.

Ancient Caucasian and related material in the British Museum


Author: John Curtis,British Museum,Mirosław Kruszyński

Publisher: British Museum Pubns Ltd

ISBN: 9780861591213

Category: History

Page: 128

View: 6555

The Caucasus region, sandwiched between the Black Sea to the west and the Caspian Sea to the east, traditionally marks the boundary between Europe to the north and Asia to the south. This catalogue gathers together ancient Caucasian and related material in the British Museum, most of which is now in the Department of the Ancient Near East. The objects include items of jewellery, weapons, pottery, figurines and other miscellaneous artefacts, but it does not include Greek and Roman objects, coins, or material of early Christian date. The catalogue has been divided into four parts, covering the Central Caucasus (and The Koban Culture), Transcaucasia, objects of general Caucasian type, and objects that may be loosely associated with the Scythians. An introduction offers a short overview of the geography and history of the region, from prehistory to the advent of the Christianity.

Iron Age archaeology and trauma from Aymyrlyg, South Siberia


Author: Eileen M. Murphy

Publisher: British Archaeological Reports Limited


Category: Social Science

Page: 231

View: 5645

The objective of this monograph is to elucidate the nature of the health, diet and lifestyles of the two Iron Age populations buried at the cemetery complex of Aymyrlyg, Tuva, south Siberia, through an osteological and palaeopathological examination of their skeletal remains. A multidisciplinary approach was adopted which saw the integration of archaeological, documentary, and environmental evidence with the data derived from the skeletal analysis. During this work a rich array of traumatic lesions were identified among the remains, injuries which shed light on the everyday activities, occupations and warfare practices of the two population groups. The current text provides an in-depth account of the palaeopathological evidence for trauma, while placing it in its archaeological context. Appendix 1 contains data pertaining to the preservation of the remains and the minimum number of bone values that were employed during their examinatio Aysis which displayed evidence for trauma. South Siberia and Mongolia are amongst the regions of the Old World with the most ancient traditions of pastoralism. The analysis of the skeletal remains from Aymyrlyg provided a rare opportunity for the examination of a substantial corpus of skeletal remains of semi-nomadic pastoralists from the vast Eurasian steppe-lands. The research represented one of the first palaeopathological studies of an archaeological population from south Siberia to have been undertaken and, as such, it has made a major contribution to our understanding of life and death in Iron Age Central Asia.

A History of art


Author: Lawrence Gowing

Publisher: Englewood Cliffs, N.J. : Prentice-Hall


Category: Art

Page: 992

View: 8114

Treasure Seekers

The World's Great Fortunes Lost and Found


Author: Jane McIntosh

Publisher: Carlton Books Limited

ISBN: 9781842220641

Category: Travel

Page: 192

View: 8949

Treasure has always held magical connotations: for many people it conjures up images of hidden hordes being found by characters in fairytales or from bygone times, pirates burying their ill-gotten gains on desert islands, and looters carrying off sacrificial gifts from uncovered tombs. In reality, even today fortunes which have been buried for years are being discovered, whether as a result of years of perseverance or just good luck. The Amber Room and the Titantic are two famous examples of spectacular buried treasure: the former is yet to be found; the latter has been salvaged, revealing a wealth of valuables and the personal belongings of those on board.