Landscape and Memory
Vintage Books, 1995 - 652 pagina's
One of Time Magazine's Best Books of the Year
In Landscape and Memory Schama ranges over continents and centuries to reveal the psychic claims that human beings have made on nature. He tells of the Nazi cult of the primeval German forest; the play of Christian and pagan myth in Bernini's Fountain of the Four Rivers; and the duel between a monumental sculptor and a feminist gadfly on the slopes of Mount Rushmore. The result is a triumphant work of history, naturalism, mythology, and art.
"A work of great ambition and enormous intellectual scope...consistently provocative and revealing."--New York Times
"Extraordinary...a summary cannot convey the riches of this book. It will absorb, instruct, and fascinate."--New York Review of Books
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Breviary, ninth century, Metz. that was shown to travellers as a witness to the birth
of Apollo, much as the Mariposa Big Trees were said to have been
contemporaries of the Christian nativity. And since the words for "palm" and "
phoenix" were inrerchangeable in both Greek and Egyptian Copric, it was
possible for the creator of the early Christian mosaic in Santa Prassede in Rome
to show the haloed bird actually perched on a palm bough, the light of his
immortality illuminating the ...
Just as the official Christian policy of uprooting pagan tree cults was belied by the
pragmatic grafting practiced by missionaries like St. Boniface, so, too, ancient
pagan traditions of the sacred stream, a site of death and resurrection, often
diluted the severity of the early church fathers. Scholars like Jean Danielou, E. O.
James, and Per Lundberg have suggested that the conferring of immortality
through baptismal immersion must have owed something to pagan Near Eastern
And like many of the surviving Egyptian antiquities in and about Rome, it had
been effectively baptized into the Christian tradition through a combination of
archaeological ignorance and rich local mythology. The Vatican obelisk, brought
by Caligula from the Julian Forum in Alexandria where Augustus had erected it,
was said to have witnessed the martyrdom of St. Peter himself. It thus embodied a
perfect symbolic connection between pagan antiquity and Christian posterity, the
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LANDSCAPE AND MEMORYGebruikersrecensie - Jane Doe - Kirkus
With this fascinating, encyclopedic survey of cultural landscapes, Schama (Dead Certainties, 1991, etc.) demonstrates once again just why he holds a charmed place in the literature of historical ... Volledige review lezen
LibraryThing ReviewGebruikersrecensie - JayLivernois - LibraryThing
I find this a hard book to finish. It is one of those books it seems difficult to get into although the material is interesting and the thought good. Volledige review lezen