Pocket Mu­seum: An­cient Greece

Timeless Travels Magazine - - THE NETHERLANDS -

David Michael Smith Thames & Hud­son Pub­lished: May 2017 Price: £12.95

For any­one in­ter­ested in An­cient Greek civil­i­sa­tion this book is a must-have edi­tion to their li­brary.

Cov­er­ing the Palae­olithic to the Hel­lenis­tic pe­ri­ods (200,000 to 31 BC), this ‘pocket mu­seum’ gives a his­tory of Greece through nearly 200 ob­jects.

Each pe­riod is given an in­tro­duc­tion, and then ob­jects from mu­se­ums around the world, not just Greece, are used to il­lus­trate what is hap­pen­ing at that time.

From the bi­fa­cial hand tools of the Lower Palae­olithic to the Ganymede Jew­ellery of the Hel­lenis­tic pe­riod, the arte­facts se­lected here show the com­plex his­tory of Greece. They ex­plore its spir­i­tual be­liefs and cul­tural tra­di­tions as well as its in­flu­ence on ma­te­rial cul­ture of iso­la­tion and in­ter­na­tion­al­ism, of tech­no­log­i­cal ad­vance and de­cline and of pros­per­ity and ad­ver­sity.

It also in­cludes a use­ful glos­sary of terms and a mu­seum in­dex, which in­di­cates just how far flung the pro­cure­ment of Greek an­tiq­ui­ties has been over the past cen­turies. This guide gives a whirl-wind tour of won­der­ful pieces of Greek art to be found in mu­se­ums around the world.

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