The Lion of Knidos

The Lion of Knidos

Paperback British Museum Objects in Focus

By (author) Ian Jenkins

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  • Publisher: BRITISH MUSEUM PRESS
  • Format: Paperback | 64 pages
  • Dimensions: 142mm x 203mm x 8mm | 159g
  • Publication date: 31 December 2008
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 071415072X
  • ISBN 13: 9780714150727
  • Illustrations note: 37 illustrations, 30 in colour
  • Sales rank: 922,783

Product description

Carved from the same marble as that used to build the Parthenon, this larger-than-life sculpture was discovered by chance by a young archaeologist walking the cliffs on the coast of western Turkey near the ancient city of Knidos. This concise illustrated book unfolds the story of that discovery and of Knidos in the days of its greatness, and tells how the pioneering archaeologists of 150 years ago excavated and explored its site, discovering many treasures of the ancient world, including the Lion itself. The story is brought up to date with a brief account of the British Museums current excavations at the site.

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Ian Jenkins is a Senior Curator at the British Museum where he has responsibility for the ancient Greek collections. His other books include Archaeologists and Aesthetes, The Parthenon Frieze, Vases and Volcanoes (with Kim Sloan) and Greek Architecture and Its Sculpture.