Art & Archaeology of the Greek World

A New History, c. 2500 - c. 150 BCE



ISBN: 9780500051665 Category:

Richard T. Neer


This richly illustrated, authoritative and accessible book presents a completely fresh way of looking at ancient Greek art and archaeology, combining a clear chronological narrative with a lively account of art and material culture and emphasizing the cosmopolitan character of the entire Greek world over two thousand years.

In a comprehensive, up-to-date and balanced coverage that integrates the archaeological evidence into its broader historical, cultural and social context, Richard Neer suggests new ways of thinking about fundamental subjects, such as the relationship between art and politics and the evolution of style.

Well-known works of art are presented alongside less-familiar pieces, together with architecture, fortifications and settlement patterns, expanding the range of material discussed. Recent discoveries are included, such as an astonishing Minoan-style bull-leaping fresco from Egypt; a spectacular marble sarcophagus from northwest Anatolia; a bronze statue of an athlete found in the sea off Croatia; and tomb paintings from ancient Macedonia.

A variety of boxes address illuminating topics and controversial issues, including looting; the connections between Homer’s poems and the archaeological record; and manufacturing techniques. Plentiful quotations from ancient texts provide first-hand testimonials from the Greek world, and numerous photographs, maps, plans and chronological charts enliven and support the text.

Additional information

Weight 2022 g
Dimensions 22.4 x 28.8 cm
Publisher name Thames and Hudson Ltd
Publication date 1 March 2012
Number of pages 400
Format Hardback
Dimensions 22.4 x 28.8 cm
Weight 2022 g
Richard T. Neer is David B. and Clara E. Stern Professor in Humanities, Art History and the College at the University of Chicago. He has published widely on Greek vase painting, sculpture and architecture, and is Executive Editor of the journal Critical Inquiry.