The Greek World: Art and Civilization in Magna Graecia and Sicily

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This spectacular publication celebrates a major exhibition at the Palazzo Grassi, Venice - the most detailed and wide-ranging study ever made of the Greek civilization in the ancient world. In the eighth century BC, Greece began an era of exceptional development and colonial expansion. New settlements, known collectively as Magna Graecia, sprang up along the West Coast of Italy, from the Bay of Naples south to Sicily. Art, architecture, politics, religion, literature, and science flourished in these colonies as a...

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Overview

This spectacular publication celebrates a major exhibition at the Palazzo Grassi, Venice - the most detailed and wide-ranging study ever made of the Greek civilization in the ancient world. In the eighth century BC, Greece began an era of exceptional development and colonial expansion. New settlements, known collectively as Magna Graecia, sprang up along the West Coast of Italy, from the Bay of Naples south to Sicily. Art, architecture, politics, religion, literature, and science flourished in these colonies as a result of a dynamic fusion of cultures, marking the beginning of an age of immense creativity.

The Greek World presents unparalleled visual and textual documentation, compiled by over 70 scholars, of the rich and varied collection of art and artifacts in the Palazzo Grassi exhibition. Following a chronological path, the book traces the Greek influence, exploring every aspect of the new societies, from town planning to the evolution of the Greek alphabet, from maritime adventures to the revolutionary thoughts of the first philosophers.

With 60 essays and over 1600 photographs of sculpture, jewelry, ceramics, and other objects loaned by the most prestigious museums throughout the world - this volume is essential for anyone interested in the classical world that laid the foundations for our own cultural identity and artistic inheritance.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
The catalogue of an exhibition at the Palazzo Grassi in Venice, this extraordinary album presents the Greek legacy to Western civilization. Contributors focus on the sculpture, painting, architecture, artifacts, literary culture, religious cults and philosophical questings of Magna Graecia, the Greek colonies that flourished along Italy's west coast between the eighth and sixth centuries B.C. Yet the temporal scope extends from Minoan and Mycenaean settlements, typified by Cretan palaces dating from the 16th century B.C., up through Byzantine influences on medieval art. Italian archeologist Carratelli leads an international team of 70 specialists who discuss such topics as the Celts' galvanizing contacts with the Hellenic world, the genesis of the Greek alphabet and urban planning as a systematic expression of the Greek colonizers' culture. Among the 1600 plates (600 in color) are some recent discoveries: the cargo of a Greek ship that sank in the Mediterranean around 500 B.C., a splendid bearded bronze head and the goods found in graves from Campania and Sicily. (Sept.)
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This luxurious catalog from a recent exhibition in Venice includes 60 essays, each by a different scholar, that combine well to create an informative, noteworthy text. The text is equaled if not surpassed by the quality and abundance of the 1600 illustrations, 600 of which are in color. Chronologically arranged and compiled by more than 70 scholars, the work traces the art and culture of Magna Graecia, the Greek settlements that appeared along the west coast of Italy in the eighth century B.C. Because of the detail and the extensive degree to which this study looks at the art of ancient Greece, this work will stand out in the minds of scholars for years to come. Its high quality and wide range will make it appeal to both scholars and informed lay readers; recommended for academic and larger public libraries.-Mary Morgan Smith, Northland P.L., Pittsburgh, Pa.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780847819805
  • Publisher: Rizzoli
  • Publication date: 8/15/1996
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 798
  • Product dimensions: 8.72 (w) x 12.44 (h) x 2.29 (d)

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