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A City Of Images : Iconography and Society in Ancient Greece Hardcover – November, 1989


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 178 pages
  • Publisher: Princeton Univ Pr; First Edition edition (November 1989)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0691035911
  • ISBN-13: 978-0691035918
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 8.8 x 10.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,712,046 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Library Journal

Originally conceived as an exhibition catalog to accompany a select collection of rare Greek pottery on tour in Europe but as yet not seen in the United States, this work stands on its own as a guidebook for the modern reader to the distant world of ancient Greece. Beginning with an academic discussion of the artistic and utilitarian functions of Greek pottery, Berard then details and interprets depictions of war, domestic life, mythology, and ceremonial rites drawn directly from the customs and mores of Athenian society. Plates and vases commonly portrayed the ritual of homosexual courtship, perfectly acceptable in proper Greek society. Even scenes of bacchic orgies were rendered on tableware without a blush. In a scholarly yet highly readable and perceptive work, this book succeeds in penetrating the stylized images in clay and paint to reveal the human face beneath. Recommended for art, academic, and large public libraries.
-Sharon Wong, California Postsecondary Education Commission, Sacramento
Copyright 1990 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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Text: English, French (translation)

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 19, 1999
Format: Hardcover
The Bérard's school brought structuralism into the study of imagery. But this book also studied categories of greek thought which are very often neglected, and revealed their presence in the athenian everyday life.This book was sold at the Louvre in Paris and received a tremendous success. It's impossible to find in Europe.I can only encourage every classical archaeologist to read this book, and the pubhlisher to print a new edition. A classical schoolbook!
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