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ICON, CULT AND CONTEXT: SACRED SPACES AND OBJECTS IN THE CLASSICAL WORLD -- AN EDITED VOLUME FEATURING PAPERS WRITTEN BY FORMER STUDENTS AND COLLEAGUES OF SUSAN B. DOWNEY ON THE OCCASION OF HER RETIREMENT. Ed. by Maura K. Heyn and Ann Irvine Steinsapir. Cotsen Institute of Archaeology Press, Cotsen Institute of Archaeology at UCLA, University of California, Los Angeles, 2016. Monographs, 82. Distributed by University of New Mexico Press, Albuquerque. 250 pp. with 95 ills. (23 col.). 24 x 16 cm. LC 2015-39847 ISBN 9781938770067 In English.
Publisher's description: This festschrift honors UCLA professor emerita Susan Downey and her meticulous scholarship on religious architecture and imagery in the Roman/Hellenistic world. The iconography of gods and goddesses, the analysis of sacred imagery in the context of ancient cult practices, and the design and decoration of sacred spaces are the main themes of the book. Authors examine such subjects as painting from Dura-Europos, Hellenistic sculpture at Saqqara in Egypt, Roman cameo glass, Pompeian fresco, and aspects of Venus in portrait sculpture. The essays on Dura-Europos are especially valuable in light of the present turmoil in the region. Professor Downey's influence shines through in these discussions, which echo her mentorship of several generations of art history and archaeology students and recognize her scholarly achievements. The broad temporal and geographic parameters of the volume are expansive, and the juxtaposition of images and analyses leads to surprising new conclusions.
Indexing: Western, Ancient Mediterranean — Several Media — Archaeology
Plans: 71
Worldwide Number: 170538
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