Mysteries of the Ancient World Author:National Geographic Society Massive sentinels of stone guard the rock-bound shores of tiny Easter Island in the Pacific Ocean. Man-made mountains , the pyramids of Egypt loom above the Nile. Sprawling ruins of Minoan palaces share the hillsides of Crete with age-old olive groves. — Despite decades of research, many such intriguing remnants of the past remain enigmas, often ... more »provoking questions rather than providing answers. In Mysteries of the Ancient World you will search through the secrets of long-dead cultures and civilizations and discover the riddles that still persist.
In their attempts to understand the mysteries of the past, the authors and photographers of this book combed the globe for clues. Probe the ruins of Jericho with them to investigate the origins of cities. Observe a summer solstice at the eerie subterranean crypts of the Etruscans. From dusty archeological sites to book-lined dens, seek the expert advice of scholars who help interpret the enticing realms of old.
Striking photographs capture the land and the legacies of the ancients, and more than a dozen specially commissioned paintings re-create their lives. Mysteries of the Ancient World enriches the present by evoking the grandeur, the glory, and the puzzles of the past.« less