An Archaeology of Images
Iconology and Cosmology in Iron Age and Roman Europe
By (author) Miranda Aldhouse-Green
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Archaeology of Images by Miranda Aldhouse-Green
Book DescriptionUsing archaeology and social anthropology, and more than 100 original line drawings and photographs, An Archaeology of Images takes a fresh look at how ancient images of both people and animals were used in the Iron Age and Roman societies of Europe, 600 BC to AD 400 and investigates the various meanings with which images may have been imbued. The book challenges the usual interpretation of statues, reliefs and figurines as passive things to be looked at or worshipped, and reveals them instead as active artefacts designed to be used, handled and broken. It is made clear that the placing of images in temples or graves may not have been the only episode in their biographies, and a single image may have gone through several existences before its working life was over. Miranda Aldhouse Green examines a wide range of other issues, from gender and identity to foreignness, enmity and captivity, as well as the significance of the materials used to make the images. The result is a comprehensive survey of the multifarious functions and experiences of images in the communities that produced and consumed them. Challenging many previously held assumptions about the meaning and significance of Celtic and Roman art, An Archaeology of Images will be controversial yet essential reading for anyone interested in this area.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780415252539
(234mm x 156mm x 21mm)
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Publish Date: 29-Apr-2004
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
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Lindow Man, the famous Pete Marsh discovered in Cheshire in the 1980s, has been joined by new finds from Ireland and elsewhere. Who were these unfortunate people, and why were they killed?
Celtic Myths, Hardback (February 2015)
As well as vividly exploring the tales, the author brings her expertise in the archaeology of the Iron Age and particularly shamanism to bear on the mythical worlds she describes, with evidence as diverse as the Gundestrup Cauldron and the famous bog bodies. She also asks how the myths survived the Christianization of Europe.
Caesar's Druids, Hardback (February 2010)
Exploring the various roles that Druids played in British and Gallic society during the first centuries BC and AD, the author argues that they were a highly complex, intellectual, and sophisticated group whose influence transcended religion and reached into the realms of secular power and politics.
Quest for the Shaman, Hardback (June 2005)» View all books by Miranda Aldhouse-Green
A study of ancient European religious practice and practitioners. It represents a voyage of discovery in which evidence is sought that there were individuals living in Europe from the Stone Age to the early post-Roman period who believed they were able to liaise with the spirit-world through the medium of trance.
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Author Biography - Miranda Aldhouse-Green
Miranda Aldhouse Green is Professor of Archaeology at University of Wales College, Newport. Her main research interests are in the material culture of ritual and religion in the European Iron Age and western Roman provinces. Her previous publications include Symbol and Image in Celtic Religious Art , Exploring the World of the Druids, and Dying for the Gods.
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