The Lost Chalice
The Real-Life Chase for One of the World's Rarest Masterpieces—a Priceless 2,500-Year-Old Artifact Depicting the Fall of Troy
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“A riveting story of tomb robbers and antiquities smugglers, high-stakes auctioneers and the princely chiefs of the world’s most prestigious museums….A terrific read, from start to finish.”
—James L. Swanson, New York Times bestselling author of Manhunt
An Oxford-trained archaeologist and award-winning journalist based in Rome, Vernon Silver brings us The Lost Chalice, the electrifying true story of the race to secure a priceless, 2,500-year-old cup depicting the fall of Troy—a lost treasure crafted by Euphronios, an artist widely considered “the Leonardo Da Vinci of ancient Greece.” A gripping, real life mystery, The Lost Chalice gives readers a behind-the-scenes look at the inner workings of great museums and antiquities collections—exposing a world of greed, backstabbing, and double-dealing.
William Morrow Paperbacks, 9780061558290, 352pp.
Publication Date: June 29, 2010
About the Author
Vernon Silver's distinguished reporting on art and culture has appeared in the New York Times, the Boston Globe, Spy magazine, and other publications. An Oxford-trained archaeologist and award-winning journalist, he studied Egyptology at the American University in Cairo and is a senior writer at Bloomberg News in Rome.