…in this entertaining and graceful account of Belzoni's adventures, Mr. Hume opens a window on the raffish days of early Egyptology, when an Italian giant towered over his competitors. --Gerard Helferich, Wall Street Journal
Ivor Noël Hume offers an informative and beautifully crafted biography of a man who is often demonized by modern-day scholars. The narrative allows the reader to feel as if they are by Belzoni's side, and also on his side, by successfully exploring the complex character of this remarkable historical figure. --Sally-Ann Ashton, The Fitzwilliam Museum, University of Cambridge
While it s entirely possible to cringe at Belzoni s methods... it's nearly impossible to resist the story of a life... full of 'naïveté, ambition, duplicity, avarice and poverty worthy of Charles Dickens or Henry James, differing only in that it happens to be true. --New York Times Book Review
About the Author
Ivor Noël Hume is former Director of Colonial Williamsburg's archaeological research program and the author of more than twenty books, including Martin's Hundred and A Passion for the Past: The Odyssey of a Transatlantic Archaeologist (both published by University of Virginia Press).