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Horses and Horsemanship in the Athenian Agora
     

Horses and Horsemanship in the Athenian Agora

by John McK Camp
 

ISBN-10: 0876616392

ISBN-13: 9780876616390

Pub. Date: 12/01/1995

Publisher: American School of Classical Studies at Athens

This concise and beautifully illustrated book demonstrates the many roles played by the horse in the lives of the Greeks, from its place in myth and early history to its significance as a marker of social status and its use in warfare, transportation, games, and festivals. From their arrival in Greece, at the start of the Middle Bronze Age (ca. 2000 B.C.), horses were

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This concise and beautifully illustrated book demonstrates the many roles played by the horse in the lives of the Greeks, from its place in myth and early history to its significance as a marker of social status and its use in warfare, transportation, games, and festivals. From their arrival in Greece, at the start of the Middle Bronze Age (ca. 2000 B.C.), horses were a powerful symbol of rank. Bridles and other horse trappings are often found in graves, alongside vases depicting horses grazing, racing, and parading. Sculpture is also full of horse imagery, from monumental equestrian statues (a bronze leg and gilded sword are all that remain from one of these) to tiny terracotta figurines, perhaps the toys of a child. As well as presenting many examples of horse imagery found in the Agora, the author reports on recent finds near the ancient hipparcheion, the stables of the Athenian cavalry.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780876616390
Publisher:
American School of Classical Studies at Athens
Publication date:
12/01/1995
Series:
Agora Picture Books Series , #24
Edition description:
Volume XXIV
Pages:
40
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.20(d)
Age Range:
17 Years

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