Greek Art and Archaeology (Trade Version)

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John Griffiths Pedley's Greek Art and Archaeology quickly established itself as the most authoritative and comprehensive general survey of Greek art when it was first published in 1993. It ranges over 3,000 years of civilization in the Aegean and Greek worlds, from the earliest evidence of Bronze Age cultures in the third millennium B.C. to the very end of the Hellenistic period in Rome.This Second Edition significantly expands the discussion of Hellenistic art and architecture. Many important archaeological discoveries of the last six years -- on the Greek mainland, at Troy, and at sites of Greek colonization -- which have altered old interpretations of what happened at the dawn of Western civilization, are incorporated. Throughout, the text is extensively illustrated with outstanding color and black-and-white photographs. Virtually every object mentioned is represented with an illustration and in many cases a plan or diagram.

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This revised edition of John Griffiths Pedley's 1993 survey covers 3,000 years of Greek history with nearly 400 illustrations and an authoritative text that centers on material culture, especially pottery, statuary, and architecture. Greek Art and Archaeology incorporates recent scholarship on matters such as influences from the Near East and the spread of Greek ideas to other parts of the Mediterranean. Of special interest is Pedley's building-by-building history of the Parthenon, including a useful survey of its metopes and friezes. He also offers well-considered stylistic notes on familiar objects, such as the Laocoön group and the Nike of Samothrace.

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Esteemed author John Pedley presents the major categories of Greek art and architecture in chronological order from the beginning of the Bronze Age through the Hellenistic period. The text explores architecture, sculpture, vasepainting, wallpainting, and metalwork, blending factual information with scholarly interpretation and the latest archaeological discoveries. It begins with an Introduction that describes the scope of the book and the history of the retrieval of the monuments and materials of antiquity. Three following chapters cover the Greek Bronze Age, and then seven chapters address the historical periods from 1100 BC to 31 BC.

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