Lost Wonders of the World

Fernando Báez

NON FICTION. OCÉANO, 2012. 384 PAGES.

A Brief History of Civilization's Greatest Cultural Catastrophes

Reminding us of the power of nature and the human being's ability to destroy what he himself has created, Fernando Báez looks back to the past, exploring the immense cultural heritage that has been lost through the ages. The inventory includes monuments and temples reduced to ruins, works of art that have disintegrated into dust, empires once believed to be eternal and that today we only know through written or oral testimony, dozens of now forgotten languages...

From the fall of Babylon in 689 A.D. to the attack on the Twin Towers in New York; the destruction of the Temple of Artemis by Herostratus to the looting of the National Museum of Baghdad during the American invasion of Iraq in 2003; the great fire that devastated much of Rome during the rule of Nero to the devastation of the Bosnian War at the end of the 20th Century, the author takes us on a tour of wonders that have disappeared forever whose true greatness we can only guess at. The text is also a magisterial history lesson and a reflection on the transitory nature of individuals and their works.    

PUBLISHED BY: Latin America OCÉANO | Spain DESTINO | Brazil EDIOURO

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