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Pocket Museum: Ancient Greece

David Michael Smith


A unique collection of significant works of art from the whole of Ancient Greek civilization, spanning from 250,000 BCE to the Common Era

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Pocket Museum: Ancient Greece presents nearly 200 objects currently housed in public collections around the world that offer both context and immediacy to the rich culture of Ancient Greece.

From the bifacial hand tools of the Lower Paleolithic (300,000 years ago) to the Hellenistic Great Altar of Pergamon (second century BCE), the artifacts described here reflect the cyclical ups and downs of prosperity and poverty, and changing cultural and social norms from epoch to epoch. Beautifully illustrated with photographs of each featured object, this is an absorbing introduction to a culture that has exerted an unparalleled influence on Western civilization.

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Book Details

Format: PLC (no jacket)

Size: 18.2 x 14.0 cm

Extent: 288 pp

Publication date: 11 May 2017

ISBN: 9780500519585

Contents List

1. From hunter-gatherers to the first farming communities (250,000–3200 BCE) • 2. Emergence of Civilization: Early Bronze Age in Greece, Crete and Cyclades (3200–2000 BCE) • 3. The Middle and Late Bronze Age in the Aegean (2000–1200 BCE) • 4. Post-palatial Bronze Age and Transition to Early Iron Age (1200–700 BCE) • 5. The Rise of the Polis: the Archaic and Classical period (700–250 BCE) • 6. The Hellenistic World (250 BCE–1 CE)

About the Author

David Michael Smith has taught widely on Aegean and Greek archaeology and material culture, and has extensive excavation experience on mainland Greece and the Cycladic archipelago. He is a member of the British School at Athens, and a regular contributor to Archaeological Reports.