Beyond the Nile - Egypt and the Classical World
'All in all, this is an excellent exhibition catalogue, well designed, well written, and well-illustrated . . . the volume as a whole is a very welcome addition to the ever-growing number of publications which examine the phenomenon of cultural interaction in the ancient Mediterranean World' -The Art Newspaper
A superb book about cultural interaction in the ancient world - the exhibition catalogue for a show at The Getty
From about 2000 BCE onward, Egypt served as an important nexus for cultural exchange in the eastern Mediterranean, importing and exporting not just wares but also new artistic techniques and styles. Egyptian, Greek, and Roman craftsmen imitated one another's work, creating cultural and artistic hybrids that transcended a single tradition. Yet in spite of the remarkable artistic production that resulted from these interchanges, the complex vicissitudes of exchange between Egypt and the Classical world over the course of nearly 2500 years have not been comprehensively explored in a major exhibition or publication in the United States.
It is precisely this aspect of Egypt's history, however, that Beyond the Nile uncovers. Renowned scholars have come together to provide compelling analyses of the constantly evolving dynamics of cultural exchange, first between Egyptians and Greeks-during the Bronze Age, then the Archaic and Classical periods of Greece, and finally Ptolemaic Egypt-and later when Egypt passed to Roman rule with the defeat of Cleopatra. Beyond the Nile is milestone publication on the occasion of a major international exhibition and one that will become an indispensable contribution to the field.
With gorgeous photographs of more than two hundred rare objects, including frescoes, statues, obelisks, jewellery, papyri, pottery, and coins, this companion book to an exhibition at the J Paul Getty Museum offers an essential and interdisciplinary approach to the rich world of artistic cross-pollination during antiquity.
Alfred H. Barr Jr. Honorable Mention for Distinguished Catalogue in the History of Art
- Author: Jeffrey Spier, Senior Curator, the Department of Antiquities, the J. Paul Getty Museum
- Hardcover: 360 pages | 322 colour and 16 black and white illustrations
- Date published: April 2018
- Language: English
- ISBN: 978-1606065518
- Product Dimensions: 29.9 x 24.7 cm
'One of the most impressive exhibition catalogues this reviewer has seen in quite a while, the present volume (and by all accounts the superb exhibition it accompanies) is one of the best treatments of its ambitious subject' -Ancient Egypt Magazine
'All in all, this is an excellent exhibition catalogue, well designed, well written, and well-illustrated . . . the volume as a whole is a very welcome addition to the ever-growing number of publications which examine the phenomenon of cultural interaction in the ancient Mediterranean World' - The Art Newspaper
' . . the catalogue is a treat, with authoritative, elegant essays complementing the sumptuously illustrated artefacts' - Times Literary Supplement
'In sum, the catalogue is a rich trove of material, presented in a way that will engage all manner of readers, from the specialist to students to those with merely a passing interest in the place and people of Egypt in the Classical period. I heartily recommend it to any university or community library' - New England Classical Journal
'The lavishly illustrated colour catalogue to which more than 50 scholars have contributed informative essays and which is accompanied by an extensive bibliography makes this an excellent introduction to the theme of intercultural contacts and their extent during this time period' - Classical Review