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- Publisher: Thames & Hudson Ltd
- Format: Hardback | 408 pages
- Dimensions: 206mm x 252mm x 38mm | 1,656g
- Publication date: 30 July 2006
- Publication City/Country: London
- ISBN 10: 0500238278
- ISBN 13: 9780500238271
- Illustrations note: 700 illustrations, 90 in colour
- Sales rank: 159,581
"The World of Ancient Art" is an innovative exploration of the arts of antiquity, beginning with the earliest European cave paintings and continuing right up to the coming of Christianity and Buddhism in the Old World, and to the arrival of the Spaniards in the New World. Dividing the ancient world into three broad climatic categories - the northern nomadic, the temperate farmers and city-dwellers, and the tropical - Boardman focuses on common solutions that Man the artist has devised for the problems posed by his environment, a factor that also determined the nature of his society and its arts.
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Sir John Boardman was Professor of Classical Archaeology and Art at Oxford University from 1978 until his retirement in 1994. In addition to his work as an excavator and editor, he has published over thirty books on Greek art and archaeology, including many in Thames & Hudson's World of Art series.
Table of contents
Contents; Preface; I. Early Days and the Primitive; II. The Arts of Urban Life; III. The Northern and Nomadic, and Interfaces; IV. The Tropical Arts.