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Mysterious Places

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For many people the "hook" of history is not so much what we know about the past as what we don't know. Time has left behind a legacy of mysteries and secrets, manifested in the ruins of ancient cities, temples and tombs; in strange, symbolic landscapes and designs upon the earth; in sacred sites where ancient people have sought communion with their gods; and in the persis...more
Hardcover, 240 pages
Published September 15th 1997 by Barnes Noble Books (first published 1987)
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Gianluca Pisacane
I enjoyed this book because it was different and easy to understand. It's not that the text was so easy to read but that there was no theme or main idea to pick out of the text. It was just information about a million different places organized into an atlas. The book was split into four sections; Sacred Sites, Symbolic Landscapes, Ancient Cities and Lost Lands. My favorite section by far was the last one Lost Lands. I really liked this one because it was about myths. I like myths because they a...more
This book I will admit I have owned for a while but only now got round to properly reading. For its subject its approach is very mature and sensible -too many like to sensationalise the myth and magic, whereas this book is more of a guide. Not only does it describe the location and why it's important but it has separate articles on the folklore and myths that surround it. As a result you can read about the locations, their appeal and the history and then choose to learn more about the reason peo...more
Ruric Amhari
Lots of photos (colour and B&W) plus line drawings, engravings and etchings of sites around the world. More of a quick introductory guide to each than an in depth examination. Good basis for beginning to research specific sites.

Grouped into sacred sites, symbolic landscapes, ancient cities and lost lands.
Purchased it as inspiration for RPG gamemastering. It was alright, but I felt that the time reading it would have be equally as useful as if I had just simply looked up the sites in the book on Wikipedia.
Overview on mysterious places, symbolic landscapes, ancient cities and lost worlds around the globe. Got me interested in a couple of places that I could search more information on.
More of a reference than something to sit down and read cover to cover. Many great pictures of the holy and special places on this planet.
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