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Sculpture: In the National Archaeological Museum, Athens

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This catalogue contains all the sculptures on display in the National Archaeological Museum of Athens, undoubtedly the most important collection of ancient Greek sculptures in the world. Each entry is supplemented by a full bibliography and is written not only for experts but also for the general reading public. A useful short introduction offers readers an overview of ancient Greek sculpture from the Archaic period to the end of Antiquity.

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This catalogue contains all the sculptures on display in the National Archaeological Museum of Athens, undoubtedly the most important collection of ancient Greek sculptures in the world. Each entry is supplemented by a full bibliography and is written not only for experts but also for the general reading public. A useful short introduction offers readers an overview of ancient Greek sculpture from the Archaic period to the end of Antiquity.

Included in this lavishly illustrated volume are the Poseidon of Artemision, a statue of the god brandishing his trident; a marble group of Aphrodite, Pan and Eros found on Delos; the Sounion Kouros, a colossal votive statue found in the sanctuary of Poseidon at Sounion; and the Roman statue of a young athlete, Diadoumenos.

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Director of the National Archaeological Museum in Athens, Kaltsas (Olympia) has updated and augmented previous, less thorough publications on the topic, creating a comprehensive catalog of every sculpture on display in the museum. Presented chronologically, the catalog entries include type, description, provenance, and bibliography. While the catalog takes up most of the space, 17 pages are devoted to a brief but excellent overview of the development of Greek sculptures and the societies that created them. Three quarters of the 800 cataloged items are presented in black and white, with about a quarter of them not pictured at all. In addition, 30 full- or double-page color plates show the works that best represent each of the time periods covered (geometric, archaic, classical, Hellenistic, and Roman). The index provides catalog, inventory, and page numbers, and the bibliography has 155 items but only 35 in English, the most recent of which is dated 1997. Because this overview assumes previous knowledge of Greek art and political history, it is not suitable for the general reader or beginning student, who would find Nigel Spivey's Understanding Greek Sculpture: Ancient Meanings, Modern Readings more accessible. Recommended for large academic or specialized collections.-Nancy J. Mactague, Aurora Univ. Lib., IL Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
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Nikolaos Kaltsas is director of the National Archaeological Museum, Athens.

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