Elizabeth Bruening Lewis has had a triple career. She has been an Arizona Press Woman and a member of the National Federation of Press Women since 1964.Elizabeth earned a B.A. from Vassar College, an M.A. from Arizona State University, and a Ph.D. from Georgetown University. She taught humanities at Arizona State University as well as being a member of the Adjunct Faculty of the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation. And finally, she is a wife, mother, and now grandmother whohas put innumerable hours into community service, including serving on the Board of Trustees of the Arizona Nature Conservancy, the Arizona Advisory Board of the Land and Water Fund of the Rockies, and the Arizona Center for the Book, (Affiliated with the Library of Congress.)
Besides numerous articles, Elizabeth has published five books. Four of her books have won first place national awards, and the other, an honorable mention in Arizona.
Elizabeth, her husband, and their current Corgi dog Terrwyn, divide their time between Phoenix and Prescott, Arizona.
Elizabeth beside Pomegranate 5.
An original mixed media painting on Arches watercolor paper by Stefanie Ramras Lipson.
Visitors to the Past Preface
Many fine guidebooks exist which cover the sites selected for this book. This is not one of them. You will not be given exact instructions as to how to reach a site, told about its hours and gift shop, informed as to the delights of its tea room (should it have one). The intent of Visitors to the Past is altogether different. The author wants you step into the past, to meet the people associated with the monuments you are visiting, to see it in the context of the history of its time.
If the author has done her part successfully, you will share the humor and the tragedy of bygone eras, see how individuals have handled challenges well, and not so well, discover how they created beauty and meaning in their architecture and art. For example, the mid-fourth century Mausoleum of Santa Costanza (Rome) may (or may not) be the final resting place of the daughter of Constantine the Great, the first Christiam emperor of the Roman Empire. What made this man embrace the new religion? Was his daughter a saint as "santa" Costanza implies? Or was the woman a she-devil? And how was Christianity able to turn the art/architecture of the pagan era toward its own purposes?
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