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  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford Paperbacks; 1ST edition (17 Sept. 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0192842021
  • ISBN-13: 978-0192842022
  • Product Dimensions: 23.6 x 1.8 x 16.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 150,351 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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a different approach suggesting new perspectives and original connections ... eye-opening and thought-provoking (Professor François Lissarrague, Ecoles des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales, Paris)

brings all that is best in the 'new' Classical art history to this exciting interpretation ... No reader of Osborne's stimulating and engaging book will come away with their vision of Greek art unchanged (Dr Jeremy Tanner, Institute of Archaeology, University of London)

Students of art will be intrigued and challenged by the methods employed and examples so cleverly chosen by one of our leading historians of Archaic and Classical Greece (Professor Joan Connelly, New York University)

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Robin Osborne is a Professor of Ancient History in the University of Oxford and Fellow and Tutor of Corpus Christi College.

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A study of archaic and classical Greek art rightly stands at the head of a series of books on the history of western art, for it was precisely in Greece between 800 and 300 BC that the tradition began which has dominated western art ever since. Read the first page
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Ginger_Ninja on 21 July 2009
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I bought this book to compliment my OU study 'Experiencing the Classical World', not realising at the time that the author appears on one of the DVDs! I was wary about buying a book that I had not looked at in a bookstore, but I took a risk and it paid off. This book compliments the course perfectly but is also an interesting 'stand-alone' read.

The format is brilliant with very specific chapter titles so you can find what you want very quickly. The illustrations are in colour and are plentiful and the text is well written, informative and understandable. In short, it is a book about art that has rapidly become one of my favourite books. Definetly worth buying.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Artsreadings on 14 Oct. 2009
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This book looks at Greek arts and architecture from the -800s to the -300s. It is classical in this chronological take but the way it is written is very modern and will be very engaging to most readers.

It does establish the narrative of Archaic and Classical Greek Art with an approachable tone and expression, and it also gives room for a reflexive approach.

The reader is also offered the opportunity to follow the scholar in his questioning of the archaeological evidence and the formal analysis of objects towards wider conclusions about stylistic, technical and social evolutions.

Although every chapter is given a thematic title, the book follows overall a chronological development.

It is very generously illustrated, both in colours and in black and white, and wide margins leave plenty of space for the reader to jot down their thoughts or take some notes along the text.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Me on 11 Mar. 2008
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Robin Osborne's book is a fabulous addition to any Classical Studies student or anyone else interested in the subject. Well written and great scholarship. Highly recommended
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An excellent general overview of ancient Greek art by a leading scholar, and a must buy for any classics or history of art students. This is both great for people generally interested in Greek art and for serious students. Although it is best used in conjunction with other, more specific, books on each area of Greek art for anyone serious about this subject area. This book is full of great quality images and details on the development and significance of Greek Art over a long period of greek history.
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