Pocket Museum: Ancient Greece
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.