With over 200 illustrations of sites and archaeological artifacts, most in color, this text serves as a catalogue for an exhibit at the Liverpool Museum. It covers the cultural heritage from prehistoric times till the present in modern Jordan, with chapters on sculpture, pottery, applied arts, mosaics, writing, traditional costume and folk jewelry.
Old Testament Parallels: Laws and Stories from the Ancient Near East
Victor H. Matthews and Don C. Benjamin
A complete anthology of the most important recovered ancient Near East documents—from Mesopotamia, Asia Minor, Syria, Palestine and Egypt—whose themes illuminate parallel Biblical texts. This affordable paperback is accessible to the lay person because the texts are not literal renderings or reproductions of the originals, but rather paraphrases of the ancient documents.
Art and Miracles in Medieval Byzantium: The Crypt at Hosios Loukas and Its Frescoes
Carolyn L. Connor
(Princeton Univ. Press, 1991)
In this first full photo-documentation (with 12 color and 100 black-and-white illustrations) of the newly restored crypt at the Byzantine monastery of Hosios Loukas (St. Luke) in Greece, Connor presents her theory of how to understand the frescoes decorating the crypt’s vault and wall surfaces. Through her interpretation of the artwork in light of the religious, military and economic realities of the times, she posits that the frescoes offer clues to the sources of wealth and motives of Byzantine patrons, as well as insight into Byzantine beliefs about miracles and healing cults.
The Early Alphabet
John F. Healey
(Univ. of California Press/British Museum, 1991)
These two attractive and inexpensive 64-page paperback books are generously illustrated new additions to the British Museum’s Reading the Past and Interpreting the Past series. The first traces the development of the Semitic written language from the earliest attempts at alphabetic writing, through the development of the West Semitic scripts and the transmission of the alphabet to the Greeks, to the later Semitic scripts and the origins of the Arabic script. Charts display how letters changed shape and sound as literacy spread.
The second, Coins, explains how we establish the origin of a particular coin; discusses how a coin’s function as a piece of currency reveals information about the economy in which it is used; and informs us about what the designs of coins can teach us about the politics, religions and cultures of the past.
Numerous clear photos of ancient inscriptions, manuscripts and coins enhance these two works.
Treasures from an Ancient Land: The Art of Jordan
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