Art, Artifacts, and Chronology in Classical Archaeology...

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Art, Artifacts, and Chronology in Classical Archaeology (Approaching the Ancient World)

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Author  William R. Biers
Publisher  Routledge
Publication Date   December 1, 1992
ISBN  0415063183
Pages  128

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The study of art history and archaeology depends substantially on dates which are given to artefacts and works of art. Very few students, however, have an understanding of matters of chronology or of the source material that determines the dates. In this study the author sets out to explain this crucial facet of classical scholarship. Short introductory chapters outline the archaeology and chronology of the ancient Greek and Roman world. The core of the study is two chapters on relative and absolute dating which seek, by use of specific examples, to convey the principles behind how dating is assigned to archaeological and artistic artefacts. Examples from architecture, sculpture and painting are used to illustrate how stylistic analysis is used to determine relative dates. Self-dating objects, such as coins, as well as the interpretation of written evidence, are explored to show how specific, absolute dates are deduced. The final chapter examines selected problems in chronology that involve the interpretation of the various kinds of evidence presented in the previous chapters.

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