Incidents of Travel in Egypt, Arabia Petraea, and the Holy Land (Paperback)

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The American writer and diplomat John Lloyd Stephens (1805 52) was effectively the founder of Mesoamerican archaeology, through his rediscovery of the Mayan civilization (his two-volume Incidents of Travel in Central America, Chiapas, and Yucatan is also reissued in this series). But before that, having qualified and practised as a lawyer in New York, he went on a two-year journey through Egypt and the Near East, publishing an account of his experiences in 1837 (under the name of George Stephens): this reissue is of the expanded 1838 edition. The work was extremely popular, possibly because, as he states in the preface, Stephens writes 'without perplexing himself with any deep speculations upon the rise and fall of empires', nor does he give much archaeological detail. Volume 2 sees Stephens heading towards Aqaba, whence he moves northward, visiting Petra, Gaza, Hebron, Jerusalem and the Dead Sea before returning to the coast at Tyre and sailing back to Alexandria.
Product Details
ISBN: 9781108079259
ISBN-10: 1108079253
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication Date: March 5th, 2015
Pages: 376
Language: English
Series: Cambridge Library Collection - Archaeology