Mosaics of the Greek and Roman World

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Cambridge University Press, 1999 - Art - 357 pages
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This book provides a comprehensive account of mosaics in the ancient world from the early pebble mosaics of Greece to the pavements of Christian churches in the East. Separate chapters in Part I cover the principal regions of the Roman Empire in turn, in order to bring out the distinctive characteristics of their mosaic workshops. Questions of technique and production, of the role of mosaics in architecture, and of their social functions and implications are treated in Part II. The book discusses both well-known works and recent finds, and balances consideration of exceptional masterpieces against standard workshop production. Two main lines of approach are followed throughout: first, the role of mosaics as a significant art form, which over an unbroken span illuminates the evolution of pictorial style better than any comparable surviving medium; and secondly, their character as works of artisan production closely linked to their architectural context.

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List of maps xx l Origins and pebble mosaics
Hellenistic mosaics in the east
3 Hellenistic mosaics in Italy
Craftsmen and workshops
Techniques and procedures
The repertory
Architectural context and function
The patrons
Plates 113 MaPs
Plates 2640 Index of sites and monuments

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Katherine M. D. Dunbabin is Professor of Classics at McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario. She is author of The Mosaics of Roman North Africa and has published widely in journals.

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