The Oxford History of Classical Art

The Oxford History of Classical Art

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The art and architecture of Greece and Rome lie at the heart of the classical tradition of the western world and their legacy is so familiar as to have become commonplace. In this beautifully illustrated volume, with over 400 colour and black and white pictures, the story of classical art is attractively told by five leading scholars. Their aim has been to demonstrate how the arts served very different societies and patrons - tyrannies, democracies, empires; the roles and objectives of the artists; the way in which the classical style was disseminated far beyond the borders of the Greek and Roman world; but especially the splendour and quality of the arts themselves. This book is intended for students of the art and archaeology of ancient Greece and Rome; those with an interest in the civilization of the classical world.show more

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  • Paperback | 415 pages
  • 218 x 274 x 28mm | 1,542.21g
  • Oxford University Press
  • Oxford Paperbacks
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • New edition
  • New edition
  • 28 colour plates, black and white illustrations, 3 maps
  • 0192853376
  • 9780192853370

Table of contents

Introduction; The Archaic Period; The Classical Period; The Hellenistic Period; The Early Roman Period; The Later Roman Period; The Diffusion of Classical Art in Antiquity.show more

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"The text moves along briskly, with never a word wasted....The Oxford History goes straight to the point and sticks to it all the way."--The New York Times Book Review"Most impressive....It functions as both a definitive history and a reference to all the major artworks produced by classical civilization."--The Philadelphia Inquirer"The changing forms of classical art, the differing societies and patrons for whom artifacts were produced, the roles and objectives of the artists, and the manner in which classical art was disseminated throughout the ancient world are all well analyzed and well presented."--Library Journal "The text moves along briskly, with never a word wasted....The Oxford History goes straight to the point and sticks to it all the way."--The New York Times Book Review "Most impressive....It functions as both a definitive history and a reference to all the major artworks produced by classical civilization."--The Philadelphia Inquirer "The changing forms of classical art, the differing societies and patrons for whom artifacts were produced, the roles and objectives of the artists, and the manner in which classical art was disseminated throughout the ancient world are all well analyzed and well presented."--Library Journal "The text moves along briskly, with never a word wasted....The Oxford History goes straight to the point and sticks to it all the way."--The New York Times Book Review "Most impressive....It functions as both a definitive history and a reference to all the major artworks produced by classical civilization."--The Philadelphia Inquirer "The changing forms of classical art, the differing societies and patrons for whom artifacts were produced, the roles and objectives of the artists, and the manner in which classical art was disseminated throughout the ancient world are all well analyzed and well presented."--Library Journal "The text moves along briskly, with never a word wasted....The Oxford History goes straight to the point and sticks to it all the way."--The New York Times Book Review"Most impressive....It functions as both a definitive history and a reference to all the major artworks produced by classical civilization."--The Philadelphia Inquirer"The changing forms of classical art, the differing societies and patrons for whom artifacts were produced, the roles and objectives of the artists, and the manner in which classical art was disseminated throughout the ancient world are all well analyzed and well presented."--Library Journalshow more

About John Boardman

About the Editor: John Boardman is Lincoln Professor of Classical Archaelogy and Art at Oxford University, and editor of the acclaimed Oxford History of The Classical World, which The New York Times Book Review called "the finest one-volume survey available."show more

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