Civilisations: How Do We Look / The Eye of Faith

Civilisations: How Do We Look / The Eye of Faith

As seen on TV

by Mary Beard

Hardback Publication Date: 24/04/2018

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Companion to the BBC series Civilisations.

Focusing on the arrival of the human figure as a subject of art, Mary Beard examines the history of beauty in civilisation.

Beginning with the Jericho painted skulls from 10,000 years ago, and the extraordinary figures of Ain Ghazal. It examines in depth the creativity that gave identity to ancient Egypt, where colossi of powerful rulers were also matched by the depictions of citizens and the wider population. From there, we explore the unprecedented art of the Greek revolution, where beauty and the perfection of the human figure set a benchmark for all Western art to come, and profoundly influenced the flowering of human sculpture in Rome.

Finally, it moves to China to examine the vast army of Terracotta Warriors commissioned by the first emperor, and ends with the unexpected figure of Monk Wuxia, a mummified Buddhist monk created from the body of the monk himself.

ISBN:
9781781259993
Category:
Ancient history: to c 500 CE
Format:
Hardback
Publication Date:
24-04-2018
Language:
English
Publisher:
Profile Books Limited
Country of origin:
United Kingdom
Pages:
288
Dimensions (mm):
230x160x25mm
Weight:
0.68kg
Mary Beard

Mary Beard is a professor of classics at Newnham College, Cambridge, and the Classics editor of the TLS. She has world-wide academic acclaim, and is a fellow of the British Academy and a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

Her previous books include most recently SPQR: A History of Ancient Rome, and the bestselling, Wolfson Prize-winning Pompeii, The Roman Triumph, also The Parthenon and Confronting the Classics. Her blog has been collected in the books It's a Don's Life and All in a Don's Day.

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