Image and Response in Early Europe
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Image and Response in Early Europe by Peter S. Wells
Book DescriptionDid people in the Iron Age see their bronze figurines and sculpted stones differently from the way we see them today? How can we approach the problem of determining how they saw things? How different was their experience viewing these objects in the course of their use, from ours as we look at them in museum cases or through photographs in books? Recent research in cognitive neuroscience and cognitive psychology forms the theoretical basis for a new approach to understanding the visual basis of communication in early Europe. The focus is on societies from the Early Iron Age to the early medieval period in temperate Europe, at the time that traditions of writing were gradually being adopted in this part of the world.Following review of the most relevant results of new experiments and observations in those sciences, Peter S. Wells examines the visual aspects of the archaeological evidence to investigate the role that visuality - the visual quality of things - played in the expression of the self, in interaction between members of social groups, in ritual activity, and in the creation and experience of cultural landscapes.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780715636824
(216mm x 135mm x 13mm)
Imprint: Gerald Duckworth & Co Ltd
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Publish Date: 29-May-2008
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Peter S. Wells
Barbarians to Angels, Paperback (September 2009)
A rich and surprising look at the robust European culture that thrived after the collapse of Rome.
Battle That Stopped Rome, Paperback (January 2005)
The previously untold story of the watershed battle that changed the course of Western history.
Barbarians Speak, Paperback (July 2001)» View all books by Peter S. Wells
Re-creates the story of Europe's indigenous people who were nearly stricken from historical memory even as they adopted and transformed aspects of Roman culture. This book shows that these societies did grow more cosmopolitan under Roman occupation, but that the people were much more than passive beneficiaries.
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Author Biography - Peter S. Wells
Peter S. Wells is Professor of Anthropology at the University of Minnesota. His recent works include The Battle that Stopped Rome (2003) and Beyond Celts, Germans and Scythians (2001; also in this series).
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