Landscape and Memory
A.A. Knopf, 1995 - 652 pagina's
"Opening a radically new and original path into history, Simon Schama explores the scenery of our Western culture, both real landscapes and landscapes of the mind that have given us our sense of homeland, the dark woods of our imagined origins. What unfolds is a series of compelling journeys through space and time: from the ancient woodland of Poland, a symbol over the centuries of national endurance, through the forest birthplace of the German psyche, to the Big Trees of Yosemite that gave a new nation its holy past. Through all of history, from pre-classical antiquity to the Third Reich and beyond, Schama uncovers the myths and memories that have stamped themselves on our most basic social instincts and institutions: territorial identity, the wild and domestic, mortality and immortality."--BOOK JACKET.Title Summary field provided by Blackwell North America, Inc. All Rights Reserved
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But the cult, celebrated in imperial Rome with Dionysiac abandon, was a ritual of
sacrifice and vegetable metamorphosis. Close to the spring equinox,
dendrophors — ritual tree-carriers — were sent into the woods near Rome to cut
a sacred ...
Liberty was indeed rooted in a cult of nature. But that cult had begun not in the
oak- woods of the foggy north, but on the great river of the south, the mother of all
civilizations, the Nile. The Druid groves parted. Beyond them lay the serpentine ...
By the 1790s, there was already a substantial literature — both pretentious and
erotic — on the history of phallic cults. The antiquarian Baron d'Hancarville,
whom Barlow had probably met in Paris in 1789, was the pioneer of the genre.13
But it ...
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LANDSCAPE AND MEMORYGebruikersrecensie - 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
Prologue The Detour
chapter one In the Realm of the Lithuanian Bison
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