Art and Archaeology of the Greek World

Art & Archaeology of the Greek World

A New History, c. 2500 - c. 150 BCE

  1. Richard T. Neer
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  • ISBN 9780500051665
  • 27.60 x 21.50 cm
  • Hardback
  • 400pp
  • 548 Illustrations, 432 in colour
  • First published 2012

This richly illustrated, authoritative and accessible new survey presents a completely fresh way of looking at ancient Greek art and archaeology, written in a style accessible to teachers, students and non-experts alike.

‘… unfailingly stimulating text … a wealth of stunning illustrations … the definitive one-volume history of Greek art from the Bronze Age to the Hellenistic World’ – Jeremy Tanner, Institute of Archaeology, University College London
‘This stunning book should sweep the field when it comes to introductions to Greek art … certainly the most beautiful, and in many ways also the most interesting, survey of the art of the Greek world’ – The Anglo-Hellenic Review

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The clear chronological narrative is combined with a lively account of art and material culture, emphasizing the diversity and cosmopolitan character of the entire Greek world over two thousand years.

Comprehensive, up-to-date and balanced, the book integrates the archaeological evidence into its broader historical, cultural and social context, while the author suggests new ways of thinking about fundamental subjects, such as the relationship between art and politics and the evolution of style.

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Well-known works are presented alongside less-familiar pieces, together with architecture, fortifications and settlement patterns, while recent discoveries are revealed, such as an astonishing Minoan-style bull-leaping fresco from Egypt; a spectacular marble sarcophagus from northwest Anatolia; a bronze statue of an athlete found in the sea off Croatia; and tomb paintings from ancient Macedonia.

A variety of themed boxes address illuminating topics and controversial issues, including looting; the connections between Homer’s poems and the archaeological record; and manufacturing techniques. Plentiful quotations from ancient texts provide first-hand testimonials from the Greek world, and numerous photographs, maps, plans and chronological charts support the text.

Richard T. Neer is David B. and Clara E. Stern Professor in Humanities, Art History and the College at the University of Chicago. He has published widely on Greek vase painting, sculpture and architecture, and is Executive Editor of the journal Critical Inquiry.