To Wake the Dead: A Renaissance Merchant and the Birth of Archaeology

By Marina Belozerskaya

How Cyriacus of Ancona―merchant, undercover agent, and beginner classicist―traveled the area, struggling with to save lots of historic monuments for posterity.

firstly of the 15th century, a tender Italian bookkeeper fell lower than the spell of the classical prior. regardless of his constrained schooling, the Greeks and Romans looked as if it would communicate on to him―not from books yet from the actual ruins and inscriptions that lay overlooked round the shorelines of the Mediterranean.As a global service provider, Cyriacus of Ancona used to be conversant in the perils of trip in overseas lands―unlike his extra scholarly friends with their good-looking libraries and filthy rich buyers, who benefited tremendously from the discoveries communicated in his generally allotted letters and drawings. Having visible firsthand the destruction of the world’s cultural historical past, Cyriacus resolved to maintain it for destiny generations. to take action he may undercover agent at the Ottomans, courtroom popes and emperors, or even set up a crusade.25 illustrations

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