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Masterpieces of Classical Art

Masterpieces of Classical Art

This richly illustrated book highlights 180 of the most stunning and important ancient Greek and Roman objects in the collections of the British Museum.

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January 2009
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360 pages | 10 x 10.25 | 235 color plates |

The British Museum has one of the finest collections of antiquities from ancient Greece and Rome outside of those countries. Masterpieces of Classical Art presents the highlights of the British Museum's collection for the first time in print. This beautiful volume displays 180 of the most important objects, including the most famous (such as the Parthenon sculptures), as well as a selection of lesser-known but equally significant pieces. Together, these works offer an overview of the whole of ancient Classical art.

Each object is illustrated with a large color photograph, many of which were taken especially for this publication. The accompanying text unfolds the unique story and features of each object. The introduction offers a brief history of the vast collections of the Department of Greek and Roman Antiquities at the British Museum. Additional section introductions give a brief background for each period of Classical art.

  • Introduction
  • 1. Prehistoric Greece (c. 4000-1000 BC)
  • 2. The Early Greek World (c. 1000-500 BC)
  • 3. Classical Greece (c. 500-300 BC)
  • 4. The Hellenistic World (c. 300-100 BC)
  • 5. Ancient Cyprus (c. 2000 BC-AD 100)
  • 6. Italy before Rome (c. 3000-100 BC)
  • 7. Rome and its Empire (c. 100 BC-AD 300)
  • Chronology
  • Maps
  • Further Reading
  • Index

Dyfri Williams is Keeper of Greek and Roman Antiquities at the British Museum.