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Wine, Worship, and Sacrifice: The Golden Graves of Ancient Vani Hardcover – April 27, 2008

ISBN-13: 978-0691138565 ISBN-10: 0691138567

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 216 pages
  • Publisher: Princeton University Press (April 27, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0691138567
  • ISBN-13: 978-0691138565
  • Product Dimensions: 10.7 x 8.3 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,810,102 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"[T]he book gives a good overview of the modern state of research, presents material from recent excavations, some of which is published for the first time, but also supplies quality photographs of old finds. The plans of archaeological remains of various chronological periods allow the reader a clear picture of the contexts. This is a very useful book for all those interested in the archaeology of Colchis, its material culture and religious practice, but also for the scholars engaged in the study of Classical and Hellenistic metalwork."--Mikhail Treister, Ancient West & East

About the Author

Darejan Kacharava and Guram Kvirkvelia are senior researchers at the Otar Lordkipanidze Center for Archaeological Studies at the Georgian National Museum in Tbilisi, Georgia. Jennifer Y. Chi is associate director for exhibitions and public programs at the Institute for the Study of the Ancient World at New York University.

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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By William Suddaby on March 8, 2009
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Published in connection with the traveling exhibit of the same name, "Wine, Worship, and Sacrifice: The Golden Graves of Ancient Vani" is an important contribution to our understanding of little-known ancient Colchis, the land of Jason and Medea. Colchis lay at the extreme eastern end of the Black Sea, today the area of the former Soviet Georgia. In classical times Colchis was rich in gold and was situated at a crossroad of Greeks, Persians, and Scythians. Little studied outside Georgia, the archeology of Vani, site of fabulously wealthy graves of the Fifth through Third Centuries BCE, is thoroughly documented in this well-illustrated volume, revealing the staggering aesthetic and technical beauty of Colchian goldsmiths. Some of the smaller photographs do not do justice to the magnificent jewelry, but this is not a coffee table book, but a fascinating first look for history specialists and amateurs alike.
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