C.W. Ceram


Born
in Berlin, Germany
January 20, 1915

Died
April 12, 1972

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C.W. Ceram was the pseudonym of German journalist and author Kurt Wilhelm Marek, known for his popular works about archaeology. He chose to write under a pseudonym to distance himself from his earlier work as a propagandist for the Third Reich.

Ceram was born in Berlin. During World War II, he was a member of the Propagandatruppe. His works from that period include Wir hielten Narvik, 1941, and Rote Spiegel - überall am Feind. Von den Kanonieren des Reichsmarschalls, 1943.

In 1949, Ceram wrote his most famous book, Götter, Gräber und Gelehrte — published in English as Gods, Graves and Scholars: The Story of Archaeology — an account of the historical development of archaeology. Published in 28 languages, Ceram's book eventually received a prin
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The First American: The Sto...

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Civiltà al sole: la romanze...

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I detectives dell'archeolog...

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Archaeology of the Cinema

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The March of Archaeology

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Il libro delle piramidi

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A Picture History of Archae...

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The World of Archaeology

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“Archaeology, I found, comprehended all manner of excitement and achievement. Adventure is coupled with bookish toil. Romantic excursions go hand in hand with scholarly self-discipline and moderation. Explorations among the ruins of the remote past have carried curious men all over the face of the earth… Yet in truth, no science is more adventurous than archaeology, if adventure is thought of as a mixture of spirit and deed.”
C. W. Ceram, Gods, Graves and Scholars: The Story of Archaeology

“Genius is the ability to reduce the complicated to the simple”
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“Among many other things, genius implies the ability to reduce the complicated to the simple, and to recognize inclusive structural principals.”
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