Late Classical and Hellenistic Silver Plate from Macedonia

Hardcover | June 29, 2011

byEleni Zimi

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This is the first comprehensive and fully illustrated study of silver vessels from ancient Macedonia from the 4th to the 2nd centuries BC. These precious vessels formed part of dining sets owned by the royal family and the elite and have been discovered in the tombs of their owners. Eleni Zimipresents 171 artifacts in a full-length study of form, decoration, inscriptions and manufacturing techniques, set against contemporary comparanda in other media (clay, bronze, glass). She adopts an art historical and sociological approach to the archaeological evidence and demonstrates that the useof silver vessels as an expression of wealth and a status symbol is not only connected with the wealth spread in the empire after Alexander's the Great expedition to the East, but constitutes a practice reflecting the opulence and appreciation for luxury at least in the Macedonian court from thereign of Philip II onwards.

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This is the first comprehensive and fully illustrated study of silver vessels from ancient Macedonia from the 4th to the 2nd centuries BC. These precious vessels formed part of dining sets owned by the royal family and the elite and have been discovered in the tombs of their owners. Eleni Zimipresents 171 artifacts in a full-length stu...

Eleni Zimi is Lecturer in Classical Archaeology in the Department of History and Archaeology at the University of Crete.
Format:HardcoverDimensions:320 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.98 inPublished:June 29, 2011Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199550441

ISBN - 13:9780199550449

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Table of Contents

1. Introduction2. Macedonian Silver Plate in Perspective3. Forms4. Chronology5. Inscriptions6. Technique7. EpilogueGazetteer of Sites and of Tomb AssemblagesCatalogue