Anthony Taylor - The Sacred Sites Bible
From the towering minarets of Turkey's Hagia Sophia to the cloud-wrapped city of Machu Picchu in Peru, this captivating guide displays exquisite details of more than 100 spiritual landmarks around the world. Perfect for both the globe-trotting adventurer and the armchair traveler, it provides in-depth facts about the construction and religious significance of each location, as well as tips on the perfect time of year to visit. Full-color photographs show each stunning site as it looks today, while illustrations reconstruct the ancient buildings as they would have appeared at their height.
Rasamandala Das - The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Hinduism
Hinduism is perhaps the oldest major religion. The comprehensive book explores its rich historical and cultural development, from its Indian roots to its vibrant application in the present, global context. Over 470 illustrations, plus a useful introduction, a clear timeline and a full glossary of Indian terms. This accessible book provides the perfect reference for anyone wishing to explore the compelling faith and culture that is Hinduism.
Karen McCready - Garth Clark - Art Deco and Modernist Ceramics
This is a guide to the ceramics of the 1920s and 1930s, offering clear explanations of art terms such as Art Deco, Modernism, Art Moderne, and Streamline Style. Over 200 photographs provide a visual reference of objects both useful and decorative, chosen for their visual power, their historical significance or their appeal to collectors. The volume includes an A-Z reference section listing significant ceramicists, designers, decorators and the factories of the period as well as a glossary of technical terms.
Judith Miller - A Closer Look at Antiques
At big city auction houses or in rural flea markets, take along this affordable, wide-ranging guide by a seasoned professional and start collecting with confidence. Drawing upon her wealth of experience as a collector, lecturer, writer and television and internet commentator, Judith Miller has written the essential guide for antique lovers who want clear, no-nonsense advice on how to identify and value furniture, ceramics, silver, and glass. More than nine hundred illustrations and identification charts are included in this exceptional reference. The specially commissioned photos go up-close, identifying the details professional look for when they choose antiques, and the clear annotations show the main features of particular styles. This visual guide to identification, dating, and authentication of antiques is ideal for every collector.
Lucia Gahlin - Egyiptom
Izgalmas kalauz mindenkinek, aki meg szeretné ismerni az ókori Egyiptom vallását, lenyűgöző templomait és a világ első nagy civilizációjának káprázatos kincseit. Gondolatébresztő elemzés vizsgálja a szövevényes mítoszokat és istenvilágot, a fáraók isteni mivoltának kérdését, valamint az évezredek során kialakult összetett templomi szertartásokat. Páratlanul gazdag képanyag, több száz színes fénykép és gyönyörű illusztrációk, térképek.
Ismeretlen szerző - Great Escapes
The Perfect Getaway Beach paradises. Luxury hideaways. Cultural thrills. This showcase of the world s most enjoyable escapes celebrates the sheer pleasure of travel. Take time out to indulge in romantic getaways, culinary adventures, musical journeys and family holidays. Or simply revel in pure relaxation. You deserve it!
Ismeretlen szerző - 7000 years of Jewelry
The most comprehensive and beautifully illustrated history of jewelry. The previous edition of this exhaustive survey was published to critical acclaim by the British Museum Press. Since publication, the museum has expanded its collection, with major acquisitions of pieces from Europe and Asia. The new edition includes a complete revision of the section on Europe after 1700, plus revisions to the sections on Celtic Europe, Roman Britain, cameos and finger rings. The book explores the varied styles, techniques and materials used to make jewelry in many civilizations throughout the world and across the millennia. Egyptian necklaces, Celtic torcs, South American gold masks, Renaissance pendants and Art Nouveau buckles are examples of the range of the masterpieces described and illustrated with 400 superb photographs. 7000 Years of Jewelry takes readers on an impressive tour that includes, among other times and places: The Middle East: 5000-2000 BC Egypt: 1500-900 BC Phoenician, Greek, Etruscan and Persian Lands: 850-325 BC China, Celtic Europe, Mexico and Peru: 600 BC-AD 600 The Mediterranean, India, Egypt, Roman Britain and Byzantium: 325 BC-AD 600 Europe, China, Korea and Japan: 300-1000 Mayan Central America: 600-1000 Central and South America: 500-1500 Europe, Islam, China, Korea and Java: 1000-1500 China, India, Tibet and Mongolia: 1500-1850 West Africa: 1500-1800 Europe: 1500-1950. More comprehensive than before, this reference remains the finest and most beautifully illustrated history of jewelry ever published.
Philip Wilkinson - Douglas Charing - Peggy Morgan - Encyclopedia of Religion
This encyclopaedia contains everything you need to know about anything to do with religion. From the mystery of Mesopotamia to Zen Buddhism, get to the core of all the major faiths from around the world. Discover the attitudes, ideals, art and architecture of Hinduism, Sikhism, Buddhism, Judaism, Christianity and Islam.
dr. Aedeen Cremin - The World Encyclopedia of Archaeology
The definitive reference on the art and science of archaeology. The World Encyclopedia of Archaeology is a sweeping exploration of archaeology that spans the globe from the beginning of recorded history and earlier. Here is a comprehensive view of the past as seen through the remnants of civilizations as they emerge and expand. The book begins by defining modern and ancient archaeology and gives the history of archaeology through the centuries. The different types of archaeology are explored, along with the techniques used for each and the problems, concerns and issues archaeologists face today. The main section of the book details each region of the world, with the authoritative text revealing the fascinating history of important archaeological sites. This global perspective includes more than 700 illustrations. The atlas section with detailed maps provides placements throughout history. Accurate, in-depth and up to date, The World Encyclopedia of Archaeology is compelling reading. It serves as an outstanding reference for professionals, researchers, history buffs and general readers. The World Encyclopedia of Archaeology includes: The first humans Early hunter-gatherers and farmers Megalithic builders The Bronze Age The Greeks and Romans The Dark Ages Ancient Mesopotamia The Persian Empire Nomadic states The Indus civilization China's dynasties and empires Japan and Southeast Asian kingdoms Early Mesoamericans The Maya, Aztec and Inca Ancient Egypt and the Upper Nile Iron Age Africa Australian Aborigines. Highlights: Compiled and written by an international team of archaeologists and historians Reveals the most up-to-date findings and their significance Organized geographically by region and key sites Uncovers the world's most important sites and treasures Spans all periods of human settlement Locator guide to sites by country List of World Heritage Sites 18 special features focus on intriguing topics Further readings and a glossary More than 700 color illustrations Attractive maps that show locations of key sites.
Técsi Zoltán - Illyés Csaba - Csíksomlyó
"Boldogasszony, ezer évig Édesanyánk voltál, Eleink ha hozzád sírtak, Hozzájuk hajoltál: Száz ostorral ostorozzon, Csak ez egyért, Boldogasszony, A jó Krisztust kérd meg: Négy-víz-parton, három-hegyen Mindörökké magyar legyen A máriás ének." (Sík Sándor)
Linda Safran - Heaven on Earth
This easily accessible volume, which grew out of a series of lectures presented at the Smithsonian Institution in 1991, aims to provide a coherent introduction to Byzantine culture with a focus on the interconnected realms of art and religion. The eight participants have revised their lectures into chapters on Byzantine history, theology, icons and icon theory, church architecture, monumental painting, silver church furnishings, illustrated liturgical books, and pilgrimage. In addition to presenting current research on this range of topics, the chapters each contribute original scholarship from authors who are recognized experts in their respective fields. The Introduction, by Linda Safran, deals with views and definitions of Byzantium over the course of its long history and considers why that civilization deserves our attention today. It underscores the essential unifying role of the Orthodox religion in a vast and fluid empire and clarifies how the experiential aspects of that religion-churches, liturgy, church arts and imagery, religious travel-open a window into Byzantine culture. Throughout the book, the past is made vivid by considering what Byzantine believers heard and said and did, as well as what they saw. The book's chapters are cross-referenced and are complemented both by endnotes that cite primary and secondary sources and by 'Suggestions for Further Reading' that include English and foreign-language references. There is no comparable art history text that combines this high-caliber range of current scholarship with more than 250 illustrations, including 16 pages of color plates, to introduce Byzantine culture to a broad readership.Contributors are Joseph Alchermes, Susan A. Boyd, Anna Kartsonis, Henry Maguire, Robert Ousterhout, Eric D. Perl, Nancy Patterson Sevcenko, and Gary Vikan.
Ismeretlen szerző - The Oxford History of Byzantium
The Oxford History of Byzantium is the only history to provide in concise form detailed coverage of Byzantium from its Roman beginnings to the fall of Constantinople and assimilation into the Turkish Empire. Lively essays and beautiful illustrations portray the emergence and development of a distinctive civilization, covering the period from the fourth century to the mid-fifteenth century. The authors - all working at the cutting edge of their particular fields - outline the political history of the Byzantine state and bring to life the evolution of a colourful culture. In AD 324, the Emperor Constantine the Great chose Byzantion, an ancient Greek colony at the mouth of the Thracian Bosphorous, as his imperial residence. He renamed the place 'Constaninopolis nova Roma', 'Constantinople, the new Rome' and the city (modern Istanbul) became the Eastern capital of the later Roman empire. The new Rome outlived the old and Constantine's successors continued to regard themselves as the legitimate emperors of Rome, just as their subjects called themselves Romaioi, or Romans long after they had forgotten the Latin language. In the sixteenth century, Western humanists gave this eastern Roman empire ruled from Constantinople the epithet 'Byzantine'. Against a backdrop of stories of emperors, intrigues, battles, and bishops, this Oxford History uncovers the hidden mechanisms - economic, social, and demographic - that underlay the history of events. The authors explore everyday life in cities and villages, manufacture and trade, machinery of government, the church as an instrument of state, minorities, education, literary activity, beliefs and superstitions, monasticism, iconoclasm, the rise of Islam, and the fusion with Western, or Latin, culture. Byzantium linked the ancient and modern worlds, shaping traditions and handing down to both Eastern and Western civilization a vibrant legacy.
Charlotte Uhlenbroek - Illustrated Encyclopedia of Animal Life
A thrilling face-to-face encounter with the intimate lives, elaborate displays and extraordinary behaviour of animals in the wild Internationally renowned zoologist and TV presenter, Charlotte Uhlenbroek, brings the animal kingdom to vivid life in the Illustrated Encyclopedia of Animal Life. Illustrated with astonishing wildlife photography and action sequences, every aspect of animal life and behaviour is explored and explained - from courtship rituals and birth to hunting and death. Mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians, fish and invertebrates - thousands of all kinds are featured as well as explanations on how the animal kingdom is organised and how animals' bodies function. Plus, critical conservation issues are also explored. From the fleeting life of a mayfly to the ten-year courtship of the manakin, the Illustrated Encyclopedia of Animal Life lays bare the animal kingdom in all its awe-inspiring glory and detail.
Ian Harris - The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Buddhism
Buddhism is the fifth largest world belief system in the world today, with an estimated 350 million adherents. This richly illustrated book introduces and explains Buddhist history, philosophy and practice, from its very beginnings to the present time.
Gopi Warrier - Ayurveda
This comprehensive guide to Ayurveda, the world's oldest complete medical system, offers a holistic approach to balancing the body's three vital doshas. It covers four major Ayurvedic treatments: detoxification, medicines or drugs, dietary regime, and lifestyle changes. Special emphasis is placed on the preventive aspect of Indian medicine, including allied therapies such as yoga and meditation, and there's an in-depth analysis of body/mind types and Ayurvedic cures for common ailments.
Karen Armstrong - The Buddha
Prince Siddhartha Gautama was born in 563 B.C. on the border of India and Nepal. At age 29, he left his family and life of privilege behind to become a wandering ascetic in search of enlightenment. He studied meditation with many teachers, and after six years of seeking, became enlightened under a bodhi tree. In the 25 centuries since the Buddha lived, his teachings have spread across the globe, inspiring practitioners as well as writers both famous and obscure. This collective portrait gathers writings from contributors including Hermann Hesse, Jack Kerouac, Thich Nhat Hanh, Jack Kornfield, religious scholar Karen Armstrong, and death-row prisoner Kevin Sack, and intersperses them with 150 color photos depicting Buddhism around the world.
Róbert Mandel - Hungarian Folk Instruments
Mandel Róbert "Magyar népi hangszerek" című kötetének legfőbb célja, hogy - a zeneszerszámok szakszerű leírása és a népi hangszereinket jellemzően említő magyar irodalmi részletek idézése mellett - tökéletes minőségű tárgyfotókkal, valamint eredeti minőségükben megtartott korabeli fotográfiákkal nemcsak a szűkebben vett szakmai és népzenei köröknek, hanem a zenekedvelőknek és a magyar zenetörténet iránt elkötelezett olvasóknak is bemutathassa, sőt megcsillogtathassa az Európában is páratlan magyarországi instrumentáriumot. A kötet angol nyelvű.
Udvarhelyi Nándor - Magyar szentek temploma
A történelmi Árva vármegye északi részén, a Budapestről Krakkóba vezető főútvonal mentén található Oravka (Orawka) falu. A fatemplom 1650-56 között épült, majd többször is megújult. A 20. század elején alakították ki mai formáját. Belső falait, mennyezetét, berendezését színpompás, fára festett képek borítják. A 17. század közepén készült Keresztelő Szent János életét megörökítő tizennégy nagyalakú kép mellett számunkra különösen értékes a magyar szenteket ábrázoló 52 kép. Ezek a képek magyar szenteket, boldogokat, hitvallókat ábrázolnak, akik Magyarországon születtek vagy a magyarsághoz kötődtek, hosszabb-rövidebb időt eltöltve itt. Nincs még egy templom a Kárpát-medence területén, ahol a szentéletű magyarok ilyen nagyszámú festett képgalériája tárulna a látogató elé. A templomot a lengyelek is magyar emlékként tartják számon, s példaértékűen gondozzák, rendben tartják. Ennek eredménye, hogy 2000-ben az UNESCO is felvette a kulturális Világörökség listájára. A templomot és a képeket eddig még nem vizsgálta a magyar művészettörténet. A neves szakértő, Prokopp Mária ezért utószavában részletes kutatást és a képek alapos vizsgálatát javasolja.
Dieter Glogowski - Buddhist Views
Dieter Glogowski spent eight years intensively photographing the people of Ladakh and Lingshed—remote mountain regions steeped in Tibetan Buddhist culture—to compile material for this wonderful volume. These stunning portraits in black and white capture the region’s essential nature and spiritual power. Along with texts by Western philosophers, more than 80 Buddhist quotations enhance the expressive power of this unusual book. Produced in collaboration with photo designer Albrecht Haag.