A fantastic interview with Mary Beard, editor of the Wonders of the World series (published in the US by HUP) and author of the forthcoming The Roman Triumph, at BLDGBLOG, a site this blogger reads religiously. In another post, BLDGBLOG author Geoff Manaugh explains his enthusiasm for Cathy Gere's The Tomb of Agamemnon, one of the most stellar offerings in the Wonders of the World series.
The Wonders of the World series has a simple concept--pair a famous structure with someone who's qualified to write about it in an intriguing way that reveals not only the architectural, but also the cultural implications of the place. The books are aimed not at the specialist, but at the general inquisitive reader ("the intelligent ignorant," as Beard often refers to herself, although "ignorant" is not a word others would be likely to use in describing the Chair of Classics at Cambridge). We co-publish the series with Profile Books, a British imprint, and while the list of titles differs slightly between the two publishers, volumes that have been released in the US include:
* The Parthenon by Mary Beard
* The Alhambra by Robert Irwin
* Westminster Abbey by Richard Jenkyns
* The Temple of Jerusalem by Simon Goldhill
* The Colosseum by Keith Hopkins and Mary Beard
* The Tomb of Agamemnon by Cathy Gere
* The Rosetta Stone and the Rebirth of Ancient Egypt by John Ray
* St. Peter's by Keith Miller
* The Forbidden City by Geremie R. Barmé (forthcoming)
* various top-secret forthcoming volumes that will undoubtedly knock your socks off, so stay tuned...