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Pagan holiday : on the trail of ancient Roman tourists, Tony Perrottet

Label
Pagan holiday : on the trail of ancient Roman tourists
Title
Pagan holiday
Title remainder
on the trail of ancient Roman tourists
Statement of responsibility
Tony Perrottet
Creator
Author
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
"The ancient Romans were responsible for many remarkable achievements - Roman numerals, straight roads - but one of their lesser-known contributions was the creation of the tourist industry. The first society in history to enjoy safe and easy travel, Romans embarked in droves on the original Grand Tour, traveling from the lost city of Troy to the top of the Acropolis in Athens, from the fallen Colossus at Rhodes to the Pyramids of Egypt, ending with the obligatory Nile cruise to the very edge of the Empire. And as travel writer Tony Perrottet discovers, the popularity of this route has only increased with time." "Perrottet first discovered the origins of this ancient itinerary when he came across the world's oldest surviving guidebook in the New York Public Library. Intrigued by the possibility of re-creating the tour, and wanting to seize the opportunity for one last excursion with Les, his pregnant girlfriend, before their lives changed forever, Perrottet set off to rediscover life as an ancient Roman. He was armed for travel with only the essentials - a backpack full of ancient texts and a second-century highway map reproduced on a twenty-foot-long scroll. As he retraced the historic route, fighting the crowds and reading aloud to Les two-thousand-year-old descriptions of bad food, inadequate accommodations, and pushy tour guides, it became clear to him that tourism has actually changed very little since Caesar's day."--Jacket
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Cataloging source
CLE
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Perrottet, Tony
Dewey number
909/.09822
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • maps
Index
index present
LC call number
D973
LC item number
.P394 2003
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Perrottet, Tony
  • Perrottet, Tony
  • Antiquities
  • Travel
  • Mediterranean Region
  • Mediterranean Region
  • Mediterranean Region
Label
Pagan holiday : on the trail of ancient Roman tourists, Tony Perrottet
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 375-378) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
  • Part 1. Pagan holiday -- Jupiter's panorama -- The Pompeii McDonald's -- I, Spectator -- The once and future tourist trail -- Rites of passage -- The empire on ten denarii a day -- Lucian takes a sex tour
  • Part 2. All roads lead from Rome -- Farewell to the Megalopolis -- The Urban Monster -- Omens 101 : how to start a journey
  • Part 3. The Hedonism Coast -- Dolce Vita by the Bay of Naples -- Initiation rites -- The pleasure trail -- Capri : The Emporer's New Hideaway -- The Call of Aurora
  • Part 4. Hermes' Highway -- A road trip through Greece-papyrus guidebook in hand -- Athens : the altar of high culture -- Timeless rituals of the road -- Traffic jam on the Sacred Way -- Stairway to Apollo -- Spartan pleasures -- Sacred frenzy : The Olympic Games -- Et in Arcadia Ego
  • Part 5. The transit of Venus -- Island-hopping the Aegean -- At Poseidon's mercy -- Asian seductions -- In sickness and in health
  • Part 6. Homer's Heroes -- Troy : the ultimate faux-historical site -- "Even the ruins are ruined" -- The eternal killing fields -- Sailing from Byzantium
  • Part 7. Alexandria Ad Aegyptum -- Cleopatra's capital, "on the way to Egypt" -- The New Atlantis -- Bar-crawling in the Ruins
  • Part 8. In the realm of the exotic -- Magic and mummification -- Interview with the mortician -- The deathless pyramids -- Missives from the beyond -- VIP seeks crocodile god -- Loving Middle Egypt -- The dark side of the Nile -- Divine River cruising -- The end of the world as they knew it
Dimensions
21 cm
Edition
Random House trade paperback edition.
Extent
xi, 391 pages
Isbn
9780375756399
Isbn Type
(paperback)
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations, maps
System control number
  • (OCoLC)52075583
  • 856300
  • (OCoLC)ocm52075583
  • 856300
Label
Pagan holiday : on the trail of ancient Roman tourists, Tony Perrottet
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 375-378) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
  • Part 1. Pagan holiday -- Jupiter's panorama -- The Pompeii McDonald's -- I, Spectator -- The once and future tourist trail -- Rites of passage -- The empire on ten denarii a day -- Lucian takes a sex tour
  • Part 2. All roads lead from Rome -- Farewell to the Megalopolis -- The Urban Monster -- Omens 101 : how to start a journey
  • Part 3. The Hedonism Coast -- Dolce Vita by the Bay of Naples -- Initiation rites -- The pleasure trail -- Capri : The Emporer's New Hideaway -- The Call of Aurora
  • Part 4. Hermes' Highway -- A road trip through Greece-papyrus guidebook in hand -- Athens : the altar of high culture -- Timeless rituals of the road -- Traffic jam on the Sacred Way -- Stairway to Apollo -- Spartan pleasures -- Sacred frenzy : The Olympic Games -- Et in Arcadia Ego
  • Part 5. The transit of Venus -- Island-hopping the Aegean -- At Poseidon's mercy -- Asian seductions -- In sickness and in health
  • Part 6. Homer's Heroes -- Troy : the ultimate faux-historical site -- "Even the ruins are ruined" -- The eternal killing fields -- Sailing from Byzantium
  • Part 7. Alexandria Ad Aegyptum -- Cleopatra's capital, "on the way to Egypt" -- The New Atlantis -- Bar-crawling in the Ruins
  • Part 8. In the realm of the exotic -- Magic and mummification -- Interview with the mortician -- The deathless pyramids -- Missives from the beyond -- VIP seeks crocodile god -- Loving Middle Egypt -- The dark side of the Nile -- Divine River cruising -- The end of the world as they knew it
Dimensions
21 cm
Edition
Random House trade paperback edition.
Extent
xi, 391 pages
Isbn
9780375756399
Isbn Type
(paperback)
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations, maps
System control number
  • (OCoLC)52075583
  • 856300
  • (OCoLC)ocm52075583
  • 856300

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