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Description - Civilisations: How Do We Look / The Eye of Faith by Mary Beard

Focusing on the arrival of the human figure as a subject of art, Mary Beard examines the history of beauty in civilisation.

Beginning with the Jericho painted skulls from 10,000 years ago, and the extraordinary figures of Ain Ghazal. It examines in depth the creativity that gave identity to ancient Egypt, where colossi of powerful rulers were also matched by the depictions of citizens and the wider population. From there, we explore the unprecedented art of the Greek revolution, where beauty and the perfection of the human figure set a benchmark for all Western art to come, and profoundly influenced the flowering of human sculpture in Rome. Finally, it moves to China to examine the vast army of Terracotta Warriors commissioned by the first emperor, and ends with the unexpected figure of Monk Wuxia, a mummified Buddhist monk created from the body of the monk himself.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9781781259993
ISBN-10: 1781259992
Format: Hardback
(230mm x 160mm x 25mm)
Pages: 240
Imprint: Profile Books Ltd
Publisher: Profile Books Ltd
Publish Date: 1-Mar-2018
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - Mary Beard

Mary Beard is a professor of classics at Newnham College, Cambridge, and the classics editor of the TLS. She has world-wide academic acclaim. Her previous books include the bestselling, Wolfson Prize-winning Pompeii, The Parthenon, Confronting the Classics and SPQR and Women and Power. Her blog has been collected in the books It's a Don's Life and All in a Don's Day. She is in the 2014 top 10 Prospect list of the most influential thinkers in the world. Find her on Twitter @wmarybeard

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