World Heritage: Archaeological Sites and Urban Centres
Unesco, 2002 - Social Science - 383 pages
In 1972 UNESCO created the World Heritage Foundation, a program to identify and protect "world heritage sites" -irreplaceable environments ranging from natural areas to whole urban centers. To date over 600 such sites have been designated for protection on four continents, including places of worship, monuments, living settlements, and historic complexes, which taken together constitute an ideal tour of the history, cultures and creative expressions of humanity.
That tour begins here, in the first of the three-volume UNESCO World Heritage series: 46 living and archeological built environments from continuously-occupied cities such as Crakow and old Havana to archeological treasures such as Macchu Picchu (Peru) and Angkor Wat (Cambodia); Petra (Jordan); the Imperial Forums (Italy); the Casbah of Algiers; Teotihuacan (Mexico)-and discoveries that make a full spectrum of world cultures.
Each site is presented up close with color reproductions and a rich explanatory text. The volume is completed by the charter map of the World Heritage Foundation and includes UNESCO's standards for designation. With this particularly rich selection of images, places distant in time and space can be seen as connected in a singular and fascinating way: the true heritage of every nation and every individual.
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The fulcrum of the entire narrative, in fact, is the high relief fastened to the
architrave on a line with the main door: it depicts the apotheosis of the Emperor
Septimius Severus in the garb of Zeus, crowned by Victory, surrounded by his
wife, Julia ...
But its period of greatest splendour coincided with the rule of the Severi, who
were originally from Leptis: in A.D. 193 Septimius Severus awarded it ius italicum
. Later, like in the rest of the empire, there was a process of decadence that was ...
THE ARCH OF SEPTIMIUS SEVERUS AND THE CRISIS OF CLASSICAL
NATURALISM The most famous monument in Leptis Magna is the great four-
fronted arch built in A.D. 203 on the orders of Septimius Severus, in his own
honour: the ...
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