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TEXTILE PRODUCTION IN CLASSICAL ATHENS. Stella Spantidaki. Oxbow Books, Oxford, 2016. Ancient Textiles, 27. Published in the U.S.A. by Oxbow Books, Philadelphia. 256 pp. with 321 ills. (178 col.). 29 x 22 cm. LC 2016-22502 ISBN 9781785702525 In English.
Publisher's description: Textile technology is older than any other ancient craft and is an instance of cognitive archaeology that provides vital information about society. In ancient Greece, textiles were considered among the principal and most fundamental cultural expressions. Athena, the goddess of the city, of intelligence and of skill was also the patron goddess of weaving. She taught the craft of textile production to women thus making them conduits of civilization. During Classical times, textile production was a fundamental part of the economy and was practiced also by men in both the domestic and artisanal spheres. The resulting technological sophistication is reflected in depictions of discrete or elaborate patterns, in the rich diversity of textile implements and in the variety in the quality of the extant textiles. In Textile Production in Classical Athens Stella Spantidaki provides the first synthesis of the available evidence from textual, iconographic and archaeological sources on textile production in 5th and 4th century BC Athens, employing an interdisciplinary perspective that sets the frame for future research in the field.
Indexing: Western, Ancient Mediterranean — Greece — Textile/Fiber Arts
Plans: 73,30,55
Worldwide Number: 171493
Hardcover $55.00    

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