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New light on a dark age : exploring the culture of geometric Greece /
edited by Susan Langdon.
Columbia, Mo. : University of Missouri Press, c1997.
xii, 247 p. : ill. ; 24 cm,
0826210996 (pbk.)
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Columbia, Mo. : University of Missouri Press, c1997.
0826210996 (pbk.)
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Includes bibliographical references (p. 209-239) and index.
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Appeared in Choice on 1997-08:
Superbly edited and introduced by Langdon, essays in this volume were presented at a symposium held in connection with the opening of From Pasture to Polis: Art in the Age of Homer, an exhibition in Columbia, Missouri. Langdon was the main author of the exhibition catalog. Contributors, in order of appearance, are Ian Morris, Barbara Bohen, Sarah Morris, Jane Carter, Merle Langdon, Christopher Simon, John Foley, Barry Powell, Gregory Nagy. There are maps, illustrations, and a full and most helpful bibliography. Essays vary in intensity, quality, and applicability to the topic. Without a doubt, the best is by Morris ("Greek and Near Eastern Art in the Age of Homer"), who cites items in the exhibition and then moves beyond these to an incisive overview of geometric and Orientalizing art, proposing (with Langdon) aristocratic gift exchange as an origin for foreign relations. Another exciting contribution is Carter's essay ("Thiasos and Marzeah"), which links Spartan and Cretan syssitia with the eastern marzeah and speculates on the ancestor cult in the polis. Upper-division undergraduates and above. J. Fischer; Wabash College
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Reference & Research Book News, May 1997
Choice, August 1997
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Table of Contents
Introductionp. 1
The Art of Citizenshipp. 9
Aspects of Athenian Grave Cult in the Age of Homerp. 44
Greek and Near Eastern Art in the Age of Homerp. 56
Thiasos and Marzeah: Ancestor Cult in the Age of Homerp. 72
Cult in Iron Age Atticap. 113
The Archaeology of Cult in Geometric Greece: Ionian Temples, Altars, and Dedicationsp. 125
Oral Tradition and Homeric Art: The Hymn to Demeterp. 144
From Picture to Myth, From Myth to Picture: Prolegomena to the Invention of Mythic Representation in Greek Artp. 154
The Shield of Achilles: Ends of the Iliad and Beginnings of the Polisp. 194
Bibliographyp. 209
Notes on the Contributorsp. 241
Indexp. 243
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