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Published in conjunction with the opening of the Museum's four permanent galleries for ancient art from Cyprus, this volume features some 500 pieces from the Cesnola Collection, illustrated in color, and fully described. Dating from about 2500 BC to about AD 300, the objects include sculpture, weapons, tools, vases, lamps, jewelry, among other things, and they rank among the finest examples of Cypriot art from the prehistoric, Geometric, Archaic, Classical, Hellenistic, and Roman periods. A general introduction and section essays introducing each time period give background and describe context. Karageorghis is the former director of the department of antiquities of the Republic of Cyprus; his two co-authors are affiliated with the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Spine and dust jacket labelled The Ancient Civilization of Cyprus.
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This book is a comprehensive panorama of the two periods of Cypriot archaeology – the Late Bronze Age (ca. 1600-1050 B.C.) and the Geometric and Archaic periods (ca. 1050-500 B.C.) – that have been in the spotlight as a result of the renewed interest in the study of Phoenician civilization and the Phoenician expansion to the west, in which Cyprus played a leading role. “The periods covered in this book are of supreme importance in the development of the ancient civilization of Cyprus, and special attention is paid to the interconnections in the Mediterranean in order to explain the phenomena of Cypriot culture. An extensive and up-top-date bibliography is included. Index. Photographic Credits. 200 color and 100 black-and-white illustrations. 232p.
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