This volume explores how the Greeks created and re-created their past in physical terms in both objects and images, and offers insights into the making of myth and the exceptional imagination of a people building the first modern civilization out of the relics of the past. Num Pages: 240 pages, 183 illustrations. BIC Classification: 1QDAG; AC; JFC; JFHF. Category: (G) General (US: Trade); (P) Professional & Vocational; (UU) Undergraduate. Dimension: 263 x 190 x 23. Weight in Grams: 1044. . 2002. First Edition. Hardcover. . . . . Books ship from the US and Ireland. Bookseller Inventory #
Synopsis: This volume explores how the Greeks created and re-created their past in physical terms in both objects and images: those that are recoverable, those that are mentioned in texts, or those that may be imagined. It offers insights into the making of myth and the exceptional imagination of a people building the first modern civilization out of the relics of the past. The ancient Greeks drew upon their phyical environment not just to illustrate the past but also in many ways to invent: massive fossil bones were the remains of giants; strange rocks were petrified heroines; Bronze Age walls and tombs were the work of titans; and artefacts from the past became Achille's spear, Helen's necklace and Hercules' cup. The Greeks could point to where Poseidon struck the Acropolis with his trident, to Athena's olive tree, to Odysseus' cave in Ithaca. They worked out what Oeidipus' Sphinx looked like, and found Memnon crying to his mother Dawn in an Egyptian statue. It all enhanced their sense of Greekness and history, and it attracted the Roman tourist too: Julius Caesar was warned to tread carefully in the long grass at Troy lest he step on Hector's ghost.
Product Description: The Greeks were obsessed with their past; it infused every aspects of their culture. In this interesting and insightful book, John Boardman explores 'How the Greeks re-created their mythical past' in a physical, artistic and literary sense and how they drew on this nostalgia to comment on contemporary behaviour. He discusses how finds of massive fossil bones, strange natural features and eerie places, along with stories from other cultures, plus a bit of imagination, were combined to form the essence of Greek myth. 'By the end of this book the reader may be persuaded that a major source for Greek myth was also the result of the Greeks' imaginative response to the natural world around them and to the artefacts of their predecessors'.
Title: The Archaeology of Nostalgia
Publisher: Thames & Hudson Ltd
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Book Description Thames & Hudson, 2002., 2002. 1st edition. Small 4to. 240pp. B/w. illustrations, several maps. Original boards, d/w. slightly bumped to head edge. ISBN 0500051151 US$17. Bookseller Inventory # 139893
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