Beautifully illustrated and comprehensive, this survey of ancient Greek art and archaeology is a clear and lively chronological narrative that takes readers through artistic developments in Greek culture from the Bronze Age to the Hellenistic kingdoms and the coming of Rome, emphasizing the diversity and cosmopolitan character of the Mediterranean over a span of two thousand years. Richard Neer offers new insights into the role of visual culture in the Greek world, and its intersection with politics, religion and ancient everyday life.
Combining well-known artworks with less familiar pieces, together with architecture, settlements and textual evidence, Neer demonstrates the extent of Greece’s contact with other parts of the ancient world, from Egyptian inspiration to influences in Anatolia and Afghanistan.
Each chapter begins with a map and chronology – a visual guide to the places, periods and events it will cover – and ends with a summary. Primary source boxes throughout the book bring in ancient voices, and topical boxes explore specific works, techniques and controversies, including looting, modern restorations and new discoveries, such as the Morgantina Treasure.
Now in its second edition, Art & Archaeology of the Greek World offers a wider perspective of ancient art, with more artworks from the Hellenistic period; more early material from Minoan and Mycenaean cultures; and additional archaeological context throughout.