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Out soon: “Alexandria. The Quest for the Lost City” by Edmund Richardson

Good day everyone, thanks to be here on Alessandro III di Macedonia, here’s a new interesting book soon to be published:

Alexandria. The Quest for the Lost City

by Edmund Richardson

Bloomsbury Publishing

out on: 13 May 2021

For centuries the city of Alexandria Beneath the Mountains was a meeting point of East and West. Then it vanished. In 1833 it was discovered in Afghanistan by the unlikeliest person imaginable: Charles Masson, an ordinary working-class boy from London turned deserter, pilgrim, doctor, archaeologist and highly respected scholar.

On the way into one of history’s most extraordinary stories, Masson would take tea with kings, travel with holy men and become the master of a hundred disguises; he would see things no westerner had glimpsed before and few have glimpsed since. He would spy for the East India Company and be suspected of spying for Russia at the same time, for this was the era of the Great Game, when imperial powers confronted each other in these staggeringly beautiful lands. Masson discovered tens of thousands of pieces of Afghan history, including the 2,000-year-old Bimaran golden casket, which has upon it the earliest known face of the Buddha. He would be offered his own kingdom; he would change the world, and the world would destroy him.

This is a wild journey through nineteenth-century India and Afghanistan, with impeccably researched storytelling that shows us a world of espionage and dreamers, ne’er-do-wells and opportunists, extreme violence both personal and military, and boundless hope. At the edge of empire, amid the deserts and the mountains, it is the story of an obsession passed down the centuries.

Edmund Richardson is Associate Professor of Classics at Durham University, UK. He has published Classical Victorians: Scholars, Scoundrels and Generals in Pursuit of Antiquity (2013), and was named one of the BBC/AHRC New Generation Thinkers in 2016.

‘Not all lost cities are real, but this one was.’

The extraordinary story of Alexander the Great, a lost city and a quest to unravel one of the greatest mysteries in ancient history.

HardbackPaperbackEPUB/MOBI eBook (Watermarked)
ISBN: 9781526603784
352 pages
£25.00
ISBN: 9781526603814
352 pages
€ 20,02 (on Amazon.it)
ISBN: 9781526603791
£17.50

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I have to read this book about Alexandria and I love that Bloomsbury releases the paperback version right away! Are you interested in that too? Have a great day,

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