City of Gold

City of Gold : The Archaeology of Polis Chrysochous, Cyprus

Edited by William A. P. Childs , Edited by Joanna S. Smith , Edited by J. Michael Padgett , Other primary creator Princeton University Art Museum , Contributions by Professor William Caraher , Contributions by William A. P. Childs , Contributions by Tina Najbjerg , Contributions by Amy Papalexandrou , Contributions by Nancy Serwint , Contributions by Joanna S. Smith


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The modern Cypriot town of Polis Chrysochous-"City of Gold"-lies above the city of Arsinoe and the earlier city-kingdom of Marion. In 1885 excavators began exploring the extensive cemeteries of these cities. Since 1983 the Princeton Cyprus Expedition has focused on the remains of sanctuaries, public buildings, workshops, and private residences spanning the Geometric through Classical periods of Marion and the Hellenistic through Roman, early Christian, and medieval periods of Arsinoe. Combining archaeological investigation and historical analysis, City of Gold relates the discoveries establishing that these cities had close ties with Greece and with regions from Egypt to Anatolia, findings best represented by the painted vases and terracotta sculptures of Marion and the architecture of Arsinoe. Nearly half of the 110 artifacts included in the catalogue are previously unpublished, and another third are published in detail for the first time.

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  • Paperback | 400 pages
  • 236 x 284 x 34mm | 2,018.48g
  • 22 Oct 2012
  • Yale University Press
  • New Haven
  • English
  • 225 colour images + 25 black-&-white illustrations
  • 030017439X
  • 9780300174397

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William A. P. Childs is professor emeritus of art and archaeology at Princeton University. Joanna S. Smith is an associate professional specialist of art and archaeology at Princeton University. J. Michael Padgett is curator of ancient art at the Princeton University Art Museum.

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