The Furniture and Furnishings of Ancient Greek Houses and Tombs

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In this book, Dimitra Andrianou analyzes the furniture and furnishings found in late Classical and Hellenistic houses, tombs, and inscriptions of ancient Greece. Questioning the wealth of images of furniture as portrayed on vases, she focuses on the actual remains of furniture found in houses; analyzes the symbolic nature of elaborate furniture used in every day and in the afterlife; discusses their types and uses in houses, tombs, and sanctuaries; and assembles their ancient vocabulary. The material evidence has been gathered from sites throughout the entire area of Greece that was ruled by the Macedonian kings and is supported by material and literary comparanda from contemporary neighboring sites.

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"...this book represents a noble effort to take on a seemingly impossible task—the elusive study of the perishable, portable, and multi-functional furnishings of Late Classical and Hellenistic Greece. It supersedes the author's two Hesperia articles on the same subject by offering greater breadth and depth of discussion as well as additional evidence. Andrianou's work brings together and makes accessible many new finds previously published only in preliminary excavation reports, many of them in Greek. Scholars studying furniture from this period no longer have to synthesize evidence scattered throughout various site monographs and reports. This book will become a standard reference also for discussions of furniture terminology and value, as reflected in epigraphic sources, and it makes original contributions to scholarship on cult furniture and Macedonian luxury." —Elizabeth Baughan, University of Richmond, BMCR
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521760874
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 10/31/2009
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 230
  • Product dimensions: 7.10 (w) x 10.10 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Dimitra Andrianou is Researcher in Hellenistic History and Archaeology at the National Hellenic Research Foundation in Athens. A recipient of fellowships from the Fulbright Foundation, the Leventis Foundation and the American School of Classical Studies at Athens, she has excavated extensively in Greece, Cyprus, and Asia Minor.

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Table of Contents

1. Historiography; 2. Furniture; 3. Furnishings; 4. Sacred furniture in treasure lists; 5. Conclusion - furniture, luxury and funerary symbolism in Macedonia.

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