Twenty one essays from the 1994 colloquium at the time of the 'Greek Gold' exhibition at the British Museum. They describe new and old finds from Greece, Turkey and Italy; studies of typology, workshops, technology, and conservation.
The miniaturist art of gem engraving is the least familiar of the major arts of ancient Greece, yet we know it to have been practiced by the greatest artists. This book presents a comprehensive account of the art in Greek lands from the early Bronze Age down to the Hellenistic period. The gems are related to history and to the artistic achievements in other media of their day, and the subject matter of the scenes engraved upon them is examined and found to hold much that will be new to students of Greek myth and iconography. The development of the Bronze Age studios in the Minoan and Mycenaean world is discussed, and the works of the great period of Classical gem engraving are resolved into their styles and schools, with a special chapter devoted to Greek works within the Persian Empire. The attributions and discussion are supported by full notes and lists. The plates, which show the gems enlarged up to four times their natural size, present the fullest possible range of devices and styles from all periods. This revised edition will be an essential work of reference for students and scholars, as well as a thorough survey of the subject for all lovers of Greek art.
The Handbook of Ancient Greek and Roman Coins combines the two main references that collectors have depended on for nearly forty years in the study of ancient Greek and Roman coins. The book touches upon every aspect of ancient coinage, from how the pieces were made to what their symbolism meant to the people who used them. It contains all the information needed to properly identify and attribute coins to that era. Beginning and advanced collectors alike will benefit from data, charts, and more than 1000 full-size photographs that depict the actual coins and show how to interpret dates and inscriptions. The book contains important information on:
--Reading Greek and Roman coin inscriptions
--Identifying emperors and dates on Roman coins
--Symbols, city names, and historical and mythological characters
With a new cover format, this is a reprint of the paperback edition of one of the most popular in the Ashmolean Handbook series on the decorative and fine arts. In this book, experts have written for laypeople a range of beautiful objects and informative copy. Ancient Greek Pottery illustrates pots made in Corinth and
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