Beyond Babylon: Art Trade and Diplomacy in the 2nd Millenium BC | Mesopotamia: Ancient Art and Architecture | Court and Cosmos | Pergamon and the Hellenistic Kingdoms of the Ancient World | Jerusalem 1000-1400 | Power and Pathos | Ancient Egypt Transformed | Art of the First Cities | Beyond Babylon
This comprehensive book explores the spectacularÂ art of the first millennium B.C. from the Near East to Western Europe. This was the world of Odysseus, in which trade proliferated with Phoenician merchants; of King Midas, whose tomb was adorned with treasures; and of the Bible, whose stories are illuminated by recent artistic and archeological discoveries. It was also a time of rich cultural exchange across the Mediterranean and Near East as diverse populations interacted through trade, travel, and migration.Â
Assyria to Iberia showcases masterpieces that reflect the cultural encounters of this era. Stunning details convey the beauty and significance of more than 300 objects drawn from collections around the globe. These objects include carved reliefs from the majestic palaces of ancient Assyria, Phoenician fine bronze metalwork and carved ivories, and luxurious jewelry. Texts by over 80 international scholars provide a compelling picture of this fascinating period, one that is essential to understanding the origins of Western culture and art.
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