By Stanley Mayes
This can be the extreme lifestyles tale of Giovanni Belzoni: engineer, barber, monk, actor and strongman in a circus (where he earned his name "The nice Belzoni"), who grew to become one of many giants of nineteenth century Egyptian Archaeology. occasionally maligned as a tomb robber, he's might be crucial and but least remembered explorer and archaeologist of the final 2 hundred years. lower than seeming most unlikely stipulations Belzoni transported the significant granite head of Ramesses II from Thebes to England, the place it truly is now one of many treasures of the British Museum. He went directly to excavate the good temple of Abu Simbel, observe six significant royal tombs within the Valley of the Kings, together with that of Seti I, and supply the British Museum with a dazzling number of Egyptian antiquities. Giovanni Belzoni was once the 1st individual to penetrate the guts of the second one pyramid at Giza and the 1st ecu to go to the oasis of Siwah and observe the ruined urban of Berenice at the pink Sea. His exhibitions and best-selling memoirs made him a tremendous star in Regency London, the place he used to be an immense impact at the trend for Egyptian kind in artwork, layout and structure. In 1823, on the age of forty-five, Belzoni died of fever attempting to achieve the mysterious urban of Timbuktu.
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