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CARTHAGE: L'HISTOIRE, SA TRACE ET SON ECHO (Carthage: Its History, Trace and Echo). Musee du Petit Palais, Paris, 1995. Organized in association with Ministere tunisien de la Culture, Institut national du Patrimoine de Tunisie and Association Francaise d'Action Artistique, Ministere des Affaires Etrangeres, Paris. Published by Paris-Musees. 320 pp. with 365 ills. (323 col.). 30 x 25 cm. ISBN 287900196X In French.
A broad-ranging study of the history, cultural legacy and mythic status of the ancient North African city-state of Carthage, this catalogue presents illustrations of more than 250 ceramic vessels and figurines, masks, stelae, marble and bronze statues, gold jewelry, armor, mosaics and other artifacts from Tunisian museums while also presenting some 80 paintings, manuscript illuminations, tapestries, sculptures and other works reflecting the appeal of Carthaginian themes to European artists from the medieval period to the 20th century. Twenty-eight scholarly essays include discussions of the development of Carthage from its founding by the Phoenicians in the 9th century B.C. and its ascendancy in the Mediterranean world to its doomed struggle with Rome and the periods of its domination by Roman and Vandal rulers as well as examinations of such topics as the city's religious and artistic traditions, the historical and legendary figure of Dido, the role of Saint Augustine in the North African Christian community, the portrayal of scenes from the Punic Wars in modern Western art, and the sources of Flaubert's 1862 Orientalist novel Salammbo.
Indexing: Western, Ancient Mediterranean
Plans: 01,06,15,19
Worldwide Number: 024959
Paperbound $81.50    

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