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The Great Belzoni: The Circus Strongman Who Discovered Egypt's Ancient Treasures

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The truly extraordinary life story of Giovanni Belzoni - engineer, barber, monk, actor and circus strongman (where he earned his title, 'The Great Belzoni'), who became one of the giants of 19th century Egyptian archaeology. Sometimes maligned as a tomb robber, Giovanni Battista Belzoni is perhaps the most important and yet least remembered explorer and archaeologist of th ...more
Paperback, Second Edition, 360 pages
Published September 19th 2006 by Tauris Parke Paperbacks (first published July 5th 2003)
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Mary
The attitudes toward particular ethic groups and women are sometimes a little dated (the book was first published in 1959), but the story he has to tell of Belzoni's life is very interesting.
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Feb 04, 2015 James F rated it liked it
A biography of Belzoni, mostly based on his own Travels in Egypt and Nubia but with a few chapters on his earlier life in the theater (not circus) and his final expedition to discover the course of the Niger, and some background information on some of the people he came in contact with, such as Burckhart, Salt, etc.
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Fascinating insight into this great historical figure, although it is dated and skips over controversial issues.
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