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H 245 x W 175 mm

150 pages

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Published Nov 2009

Archaeopress Archaeology


Paperback: 9781905739288

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Agrigento; Sicily; Etruria; classical Greece; Western Mediterranean

Archaeological Lives

Passionate Patron: The Life of Alexander Hardcastle and the Greek Temples of Agrigento

By Alexandra Richardson

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Alexander Hardcastle's name is little known today, especially in comparison with such figures as Howard Carter and Arthur Evans, but his archaeological work in Sicily and Etruria deserves to be ranked with theirs.



Acknowledgements; Introduction; Chapter 1; Chapter 2; Chapter 3; Chapter 4; Chapter 5; Chapter 6; Chapter 7; Chapter 8; Chapter 9; Chapter 10; Chapter 11; Chapter 12; Chapter 13; Chapter 14; Chapter 15; Chapter 16; Chapter 17; Chapter 18; Chapter 19; Chapter 20; Chapter 21; Chapter 22; Chapter 23; Chapter 24; Epilogue; Sources; About the Author


In her book, Richardson concludes: “Disgorged by an army of buses, over 650,000 visitors stream through the gates of the Valley of the Temples every year. The townspeople there have an even more enduring spectacle before them every single night of their lives: as the sun goes down over Agrigento and the breath-taking lights are switched on, illuminating column after column built by their very own ancestors millennia ago, it is hoped that a thought is spared for the ascetic Englishman who was once in their midst”. Alexander Hardcastle may be gone, but his name has been rescued from obscurity.’ – James Rampton (2022): Daily Express