Title:Greek and Roman Jewellery - Cassell's Styles in Art
In this detailed introduction to ancient jewellery the author tracesthe links between the economic prosperity of the various Greek and Roman city states of ancient times and the skill of their goldsmiths. The art of the goldsmith was introduced into Greece from the oriental world, from Egypt and Mesopotamia, the earliest examples being gold sheets with figured reliefs used to decorate wooden boxes containing the ashes of the dead. The influence of such artistic centres as Rhodes and Cyprus is examined in detail; the author goes on to highlight the contrast between the artistic triumph of Athens and its parallel political decline, and the later overwhelming of native Roman craftsmanship by the superior products of their conquered empire...
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