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Q: great books ( Answered 3 out of 5 stars,   1 Comment )
Subject: great books
Category: Arts and Entertainment > Books and Literature
Asked by: ryw-ga
List Price: $5.00
Posted: 16 Mar 2005 13:42 PST
Expires: 15 Apr 2005 14:42 PDT
Question ID: 495762
What former building is the source for the illustration on the
front-piece of Volume 1 of Charles Lyell's greatest book?
Subject: Re: great books
Answered By: pinkfreud-ga on 16 Mar 2005 13:55 PST
Rated:3 out of 5 stars
The frontispiece of Volume 1 of Charles Lyell's masterwork,
"Principles of Geology," features an image of the Temple of Serapis.

"The frontispiece to Lyell's Principles of Geology showed the Temple
of Serapis in Italy."

Strange Science: Charles Lyell

"In geology it is still called the 'Temple of Serapis,' and is famous
for its role in the nineteenth-century debate between the
catastrophists and uniformitarians... The temple became the secular
icon of uniformitarianism after it was used as the frontispiece of
Charles Lyell's Principles of Geology (1830)."

University of Hawaii: The Temple of Serapis

"To demonstrate that gradual processes could be responsible for great
changes, Lyell used an engraving of the temple at Serapis as his
frontispiece. The temple had, during the course of human history, been
above sea level, then for a long period partially submerged, and again
was above sea level as attested by the dark bands of damage caused by
waterborne life across the columns."

Victiorian Web: Charles Lyell

My Google search strategy:

Google Web Search: "charles lyell" frontispiece

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ryw-ga rated this answer:3 out of 5 stars

Subject: Re: great books
From: pinkfreud-ga on 07 Apr 2005 10:48 PDT
I am sorry you were not fully satisfied by my answer. Numerous
reference sources verify that the Temple of Serapis is the correct
answer to your question.

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