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- DescriptionBeirut has seen many armies and empires come and go, but the legacy of this long history is t so much in surviving monuments as in the quintessential Levantine spirit of the people. A commercial hub since the days of the Phoenicians, it was a centre of learning under the Romans, its law school preeminent in the Empire. Beirut was the point of entry to the Levant for many Europeans and Americans undertaking a Grand Tour or a pilgrimage to the Holy Land, and visitors (whether their focus was piously Biblical or more prosaic) recorded their impressions of this effervescent port city where East rubs against West. A Beirut Anthology gathers the choicest of these, from writers as diverse as Alphonse de Lamartine and Mark Twain, providing a surprising and vivid glimpse behind the veil of this elusive and alluring city.
- Author BiographyT.J. GORTON has published two books of Arabic poetry in translation and coedited Lebanon: Through Writers' Eyes. His most recent book is Renaissance Emir: A Druze Warlord at the Court of the Medici, a biography of seventeenth century Lebanese prince Fakhr al-Din Ma'n.
- PublisherThe American University in Cairo Press
- Date of Publication30/06/2015
- SubjectTravel Writing
- Place of PublicationCairo
- Country of PublicationEgypt
- ImprintThe American University in Cairo Press
- Weight272 g
- Width120 mm
- Height160 mm
- Spine23 mm
- Edited byT. J. Gorton
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