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Greco-Scythian Art and the Birth of Eurasia
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Greco-Scythian Art and the Birth of Eurasia: From Classical Antiquity to Russian Modernity

Caspar Meyer

Abstract

Since their discovery in nineteenth-century Russia, Greco-Scythian artefacts have been interpreted as masterpieces by Greek craftsmen working according to the tastes of the Scythian nomads and creating realistic depictions of their barbarian patrons. Drawing on a broad array of evidence from archaeology, art history, and epigraphy to contextualise Greco-Scythian metalwork in ancient society, this volume confronts the deep confusion between ancient representation and historical reality in contemporary engagements with classical culture. It argues that the strikingly life-like figure scenes of G ... More

Keywords: museum, artefacts, craftsmen, nomads, metalwork, Greco-Scythian art, Black Sea, self-image, Russia, Scythia

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780199682331
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2015 DOI:10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199682331.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Caspar Meyer, author
Lecturer in Classical Archaeology, Birkbeck, University of London