Synopses & Reviews
Lying at the heart of the Western classical tradition, the rich legacy of the arts of ancient Greece and Rome continues to provide inspiration and guidance to artists and art lovers everywhere. Lavishly illustrated and masterfully prepared under the editorships of John Boardman, one of the world's preeminent classicists, The Oxford History of Classical Art
offers readers the definitive companion to the artistic and architectural achievements of the Greco-Roman world, from the rise of the Greek city-states to the fall of the Roman Empire.
Written by Boardman and a team of distinguished experts including J.J. Pollitt, Alan W. Johnston, R.R.R. Smith, and Janet Huskinson, this sumptuous volume presents the full pageantry and glory of the classical world, tracing the origins and evolution of classical art as it gradually moved from the art of individuals and small communities to the art of a world power. Particular attention is paid throughout to the splendor and quality of the arts themselves, aptly represented in 442 stunningly beautiful black and white and full-color plates.
Destined to become the definitive sourcebook in its field, The Oxford History of Classical Art is indispensable for anyone intrigued by the timeless heritage of the ancient world.
"The text moves along briskly, with never a word wasted....The Oxford History goes straight to the point and sticks to it all the way."--The New York Times Book Review
"Most impressive....It functions as both a definitive history and a reference to all the major artworks produced by classical civilization."--The Philadelphia Inquirer
"The changing forms of classical art, the differing societies and patrons for whom artifacts were produced, the roles and objectives of the artists, and the manner in which classical art was disseminated throughout the ancient world are all well analyzed and well presented."--Library Journal
About the Author
About the Editor:
John Boardman is Lincoln Professor of Classical Archaelogy and Art at Oxford University, and editor of the acclaimed Oxford History of The Classical World, which The New York Times Book Review called "the finest one-volume survey available."