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DOI: 10.1111/b.9781405186049.2012.00002.x


While there is certainly no shortage of introductory handbooks devoted to ancient Greek art, the aims of the current two-volume set are rather new and somewhat different. Some readers may be surprised to learn that the idea for this Companion originated not as one of a series of such books covering the various aspects of the Greco-Roman world, its history, religion, literature, and such, but instead as a result of the publication of Blackwell's A Companion to Contemporary Art Since 1945 (ed. A. Jones, 2006), to which an Art History colleague had contributed a chapter. At the time, the ‘companion’ phenomenon had not yet found its way to the visual and material cultures of the ancient Mediterranean. Thus, we were delighted with Blackwell's enthusiasm for the idea, and their plans subsequently to publish similarly in the Roman, Egyptian, and Near Eastern areas. Our aim has been first and foremost to lend multiple voices to Greek art in its many manifestations: from the ‘nuts and bolts’ (sculpture, vases, architecture, etc.), to engagement with the world beyond via colonization and trade, to the themes and interpretations of images, to the history of research and reception. We have encouraged our authors to approach their topics as they have best seen fit and tried as little as possible to insert our own opinions or examples. Some chapters are more purely archaeological, others ... log in or subscribe to read full text

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