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Bowerstock, G.W.  Mosaics as history: the Near East from late antiquity to Islam. Cambridge: Belknap Press, 2006. 8vo (21 cm, 8.25"). vi, [4], 146, [2] pp.; col. illus.

"Over the past century, exploration and serendipity have uncovered mosaic after mosaic in the Near East — maps, historical images, mythical figures, and religious scenes that constitute an immense treasure of new testimony from antiquity. The stories these mosaics tell unfold in this brief, richly informed book by a preeminent scholar of the classical world. G.W. Bowersock considers these mosaics a critical part of the documentation of the region's ancient culture, as expressive as texts, inscriptions on stone, and architectural remains. In their complex language, often marred by time, neglect, and deliberate defacement, he finds historical evidence, illustrations of literary and mythological tradition, religious icons, and monuments to civic pride. Eloquently evoking a shared vision of a world beyond the boundaries of individual cities, the mosaics attest to a persistent tradition of Greek taste that could embrace Judaism, Christianity, and Islam in a fundamentally Semitic land, and they suggest the extent to which these three monotheistic religions could themselves embrace Hellenism" (dust jacket).

Publisher's red cloth with gilt lettering to spine and gilt decoration to front board. In original pictorial dust jacket; tiny spot of rubbing to spine, another tiny spot of soiling to front panel. Interior is clean. Very good.  (40310)   Please RESHELVE This.

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