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OCR Classical Civilisation A Level Components 23 and 24: Invention of the Barbarian and Greek Art
This textbook is endorsed by OCR and supports the specification for A-Level Classical Civilisation (first teaching September 2017). It covers Components 23 and 24 from the 'Culture and the Arts' Component Group: Invention of the Barbarian by Alastair ThorleyGreek Art by Athina Mitropoulos and Laura SnookWhat image did the ancient Greeks have of themselves and others? How and why were men and women represented differently in Greek art? To what extent is modern western ideology still influenced by ancient Greek attitudes towards the east?This book offers both A-Level students and their teachers the opportunity to consider these and many other important questions. The ideas prevalent in fifth-century Athens retain their powerful influence across the modern world, regardless of whether we agree that they should., The ideal preparation for the final examinations, all content is presented by experts and experienced teachers in a clear and accessible narrative. Ancient literary and visual sources are described and analysed, with supporting images. Helpful student features include study questions, quotations from contemporary scholars, further reading, and boxes focusing in on key people, events and terms., Practice questions and exam guidance prepare students for assessment. A Companion Website is available at
OCR Classical Civilisation AS and A Level Components 21 and 22: Greek Theatre and Imperial Image
This textbook is endorsed by OCR and supports the specification for AS and A-Level Classical Civilisation (first teaching September 2017). It covers Components 21 and 22 from the 'Culture and the Arts' Component Group:Greek Theatre by James Renshaw and Laura SwiftImperial Image by Robert Hancock-JonesWhy was tragedy and comedy so central to Athenian life? How did drama challenge Athenians to reflect on their way of living? How did the emperor Augustus present himself as the restorer of Rome's greatness? To what extent did he provide an example to later political figures as a promoter of his regime? This book guides AS and A-Level students to a greater understanding of these issues. The Greek Theatre chapter explores the festival context in which tragedies and comedies were performed, and then analyses three plays: Oedipus the King by Sophocles, Bacchae by Euripides and Frogs by Aristophanes., The Imperial Image chapter analyses the self-presentation of Rome's most dynamic emperor, who claimed to have found Rome `a city of bricks, but left it a city of marble'. The ideal preparation for the final examinations, all content is presented by experts and experienced teachers in a clear and accessible narrative. Ancient literary and visual sources are described and analysed, with supporting images., Helpful student features include study questions, quotations from contemporary scholars, further reading, and boxes focusing in on key people, events and terms. Practice questions and exam guidance prepare students for assessment. A Companion Website is available at
History of Roman Art
A History of Roman Art provides a wide-ranging survey of the subject from the founding of Rome to the rule of Rome's first Christian emperor, Constantine. Incorporating the most up-to-date information available on the topic, this new textbook explores the creation, use, and meaning of art in the Roman world.
Introduction to Greek Art: Sculpture and Vase Painting in the Archaic and Classical Periods
The four centuries between the composition of the Homeric epics and the conquests of Alexander the Great witnessed an immensely creative period in Greek art, one full of experimentation and innovation. But time has taken its toll; damaged statues have lost their colour and wall paintings have been totally destroyed. And yet sympathetic study of surviving sculpture and of drawing on vases can give extraordinary insight into and appreciation of these once brilliant works This book, designed originally for students, introduces the reader to Greek sculpture and vase painting in the critical period from the eighth to the fourth centuries BC., The works discussed are generously illustrated and lucidly analysed to give a vivid picture of the splendor of Greek art. The up-dated second edition includes a new chapter examining art in Greek society, a timeline to help relate artistic development to historical events, an explanation of how dates BC are arrived at, a brief overview of Greek temple plans and a further reading list of recent books. This clear, approachable and rigorous introduction makes the beauty of Greek art more readily accessible and comprehensible, balancing description with interpretation and illustration, and is an invaluable tool to help develop insight, appreciation and comprehension.
Art of the Andes: From Chavin to Inca
An introduction to Andean art and architecture that describes the varied artistic achievements of the Chavin, Paracas, Moche, Nasca, Chimu and Inca cultures, among others. It deals with the discoveries and advances in the field.
Pompeii: An Archaeological Guide
The resonant ruins of Pompeii are perhaps the most direct route back to the living, breathing world of the ancient Romans.
Art of Mesoamerica: From Olmec to Aztec
Mary Ellen Miller's rich visual and scholarly survey of pre-Hispanic art and architecture, including the most recent archaeological finds.
Rodin and the art of ancient Greece
A fascinating look at how Classical sculpture inspired Rodin and his work
Art and Archaeology of Ancient Greece
This richly illustrated, four-colour textbook introduces the art and archaeology of ancient Greece, from the Bronze Age through to the Roman conquest. Emphasizing context and function, Barringer explores the purpose and use of buildings and objects within their particular time and place, leading students to a rich sociohistorical understanding of Greek art.
Egypt: History and Treasures of an Ancient Civilization
This title presents a civilization that never ceases to amaze scholars, enthusiasts and the general public by providing us with exceptional treasures.
Greek Art
We now know conclusively that Greeks in fact lavished their sculptures with realistic colour paint, and also worked with a wealth of other materials on a major scale, including wood and precious metals. This edition showcases the artistic endeavours of the ancient Greeks.
Art & Archaeology of the Greek World
A new edition of this accessible survey of the Greek world, covering two thousand years of material culture.
Terracotta Warriors: History, Mystery and the Latest Discoveries
A history of the famous Terracotta Army in Xi'an, China, exploring what we now know about it, what we still do not know and the theories that surround its creation.
From Caesar to Augustus (c. 49 BC-AD 14): Using Coins as Sources
Aimed at undergraduate students studying the history of the late Roman Republic and the Principate of Augustus. With almost two hundred coins illustrated and explained, the book provides a self-contained guide to all the relevant numismatic evidence for this period and connects coinage to broader historical debates.
Brothel of Pompeii: Sex, Class, and Gender at the Margins of Roman Society
This book provides a provocative and authoritative analysis of the only definitive brothel from Greco-Roman antiquity. Scholars and fans of the Greco-Roman world, women's history, and the history of prostitution will find this an essential read. All readers will appreciate the accessible writing style and numerous illustrations.
Hymn to Apollo: The Ancient World and the Ballets Russes
Emulating Antiquity: Renaissance Buildings from Brunelleschi to Michelangelo
A revelatory account of the complex and evolving relationship of Renaissance architects to classical antiquity
Franks Casket
Reading Maya Art: A Hieroglyphic Guide to Ancient Maya Painting and Sculpture
A compendium of one hundred hieroglyphs that are building locks of ancient Maya painting and sculpture. Using over five hundred line drawings and photographs, it shows how to identify the signs, understand their meaning, and appreciate the novel ways they appear in art.
Violence and Power in Ancient Egypt: Image and Ideology before the New Kingdom
Bold Brush of Au Ho-nien
"Exhibition catalogue of ink paintings by Au Ho-nien, a contemporary painter who works in the style of the Lingnan school of southern China"--
Exploring the World of the Celts
An illustrated guide to Celtic history and culture, it charts their way of life from farming to feasting, their wars, their gods, and their superb craftsmanship in metal, wood and stone. Also highlighted is their life under Roman rule, particularly in Gaul and Britain, and the continuing traditions in Ireland after AD 400.
Classical Art: From Greece to Rome
This look at Classical art starts with the excavation of the buried city of Pompeii, and investigates the monuments of ancient tyrants, and the sensual beauty of Apollo and Venus. Concluding with the human portrait, it highlights the re-discovery of Classical art in the modern world.
Viking Designs
Aegean Art and Architecture
Beginning with the Neolithic period, pre-3000 BCE, and ending at the close of the Bronze Age and the transition to the Iron Age of Hellenic Greece (c1000 BCE), this text is an introduction to the visual arts and architecture of the era. The historical and social context of the art is discussed.
Archaeology of Ancient Greece
A synthesis of research on the material culture of Greece in the Archaic and Classical periods. The book shows how material evidence can be used to address historical questions for which literary evidence is often insufficient, and situates Greek art within the broader field of Greek material culture.
Churches of Rome, 1527-1870 - Volume II
The churches of Rome constitute arguably the most important manifestations of art and architecture in the Western world.
Ince Blundell Collection of Classical Sculpture: Volume 3 - The Ideal Sculpture
This book fully documents an outstanding collection of ancient Roman statues acquired by Henry Blundell of Ince Blundell Hall on his Grand Tour visits to Italy in the late eighteenth century.
Antiquity: Origins, Classicism and the New Rome
Guide to the Getty Villa Revised Edition
This second edition of the Guide to the Getty Villa, published in conjunction with the long-awaited reinstallation of the Villa collection galleries, offers readers an engaging introduction to the Villa's construction and history, as well as updated guide to its gardens, historical rooms, and galleries.
Art of the Roman Empire: AD 100-450
A beautifully illustrated, new edition of the best single-volume guide to Roman and early Christian art. Provides an introduction to the great diversity of artistic styles during the period, and their context.
Encyclopedia of the Ancient Roman Empire
Understanding Ravenna
Ravenna has 8 World Heritage sites from the 5th-6th centuries AD-churches and monuments with magnificent mosaics, painstakingly constructed during the era of the fall of the western Roman empire. How did it become an imperial and regal capital? Why was it spared invasion and civil war? Should we thank the Ostrogoths? Let this book be your guide.
Early Art and Architecture of Africa
This new history of over 5000 years of African art reveals its true diversity for the first time. Challenging centuries of misconceptions that have obscured the sophisticated nature of African art, Peter Garlake uses the latest research and archaeological findings to offer exciting new insights.
Antinous: The Face of the Antique
Origins of Monsters: Image and Cognition in the First Age of Mechanical Reproduction
Can cognitive science explain the potency of such images? Does evolutionary psychology hold a key to understanding the transmission of symbols? How is our making and perception of images influenced by institutions and technologies? This title deals with these questions.
South from Ephesus: Travels through Aegean Turkey
Weary of what he called the "tyranny" of western art, the author first visited Turkey in 1975. But Turkey surprised him and he delighted in the unexpected wealth of Greek, Roman, Byzantine and Islamic cultures there, returning three of four times a year until 1990. This book presents a portrait of Turkey and its artistic heritage.
Egyptian Book of the Dead: The Book of Going Forth by Day - The Complete Papyrus of Ani Featuring Integrated Text and Fill-Color Images
For millennia, the culture of the ancient Egyptians has fascinated historians and spiritual seekers. The 20th anniversary edition of this seminal work includes all-new material analysing the progress in modern Egyptology
Speaking Ruins: Piranesi, Architects and Antiquity in Eighteenth-Century Rome
In this lavishly illustrated volume stemming from his Thomas Spencer Jerome Lectures at the University of Michigan and the American Academy in Rome, distinguished architectural historian John Pinto offers case studies of important architectural and archaeological sites in and around Rome, such as the Trevi Fountain and the ancient Italian cities of Pompeii and Paestum.
Understanding Greek Vases - A Guide to Terms, Styles, and Techniques
What is a pyxis? Who was the Amasis Painter? How did Greek vases get their distinctive black and orange colours? This volume offers definitions and descriptions of these and many other Greek vase shapes, painters and techniques encountered in museum exhibitions and publications.
Maya Art and Architecture
The definitive guide to the art and architecture of one of the world's most enigmatic civilizations, extensively revised and now in colour throughout.
Art in the Hellenistic World: An Introduction
This textbook offers a new thematic, contextualized, and richly illustrated approach to Hellenistic art for advanced undergraduate and pre-MA students in art history, classics, history, and humanities. Helpful ancillary features include maps, excerpts from Hellenistic literature, appendices, a glossary, a timeline, biographies of key figures, and suggestions for further reading.
Jewels of Ancient Nubia
Located at the intersection of trade routes from central Africa, the ancient Near East, and the Classical world, ancient Nubia ruled the entire Nile Valley at the height of its power in the eighth century bc. This book features over 100 adornments and personal accessories from the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.
Image of the Artist in Archaic and Classical Greece: Art, Poetry, and Subjectivity
This book explores the persona of the artist in Archaic and Classical Greek art and literature. Bringing together in a sustained analysis the roots of subjectivity across media, Guy Hedreen offers a new way of studying the relationship between poetry and art in ancient Greece.
Classical Ornament
Ancient Mythological Images and their Interpretation: An Introduction to Iconology, Semiotics and Image Studies in Classical Art History
This book provides an accessible and thorough account of important theoretical approaches to the study of Greek and Roman art, with particular reference to mythological imagery, leading to a new means of interrogating ancient visual culture. It is written for a readership in a range of disciplines.
Roman Portraits - Sculptures in Stone and Bronze in the Collection of The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Periclean Athens
In the second and third quarters of the fifth century BC, when Athens became both politically and culturally dominant in the Greek world, Pericles became the leading figure in the city's public life. This introduction guides students through the key aspects of this most-studied period of ancient Greek history.
Classical Art: A Life History from Antiquity to the Present
Boundaries of Art and Social Space in Rome: The Caged Bird and Other Art Forms