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February 2012

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In This Issue:

Roman Art
Women in the Ancient World
Thesaurus Cultus et Rituum Antiquorum (ThesCRA)
Amber and the Ancient World
Ancient Carved Ambers in the J. Paul Getty Museum

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Roman Art
Paul Zanker

Traditional studies of Roman art have sought to identify an indigenous style distinct from Greek art and in the process have neglected the large body of Roman work that creatively recycled Greek artworks. Now available in paperback, this fresh reassessment offers instead a cultural history of the functions of the visual arts, the messages that these images carried, and the values that they affirmed in late Republican Rome and the Empire.

"Zanker, one of the foremost ancient Roman art historians, has produced an excellent general study of Roman art and its reception."
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Roman Art

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Women in the Ancient World
Jenifer Neils
Women in the Ancient World

This book takes a fresh look at visual representations of women in the ancient Near East, Egypt, Greece, and Rome, and analyzes them for indications of women's roles in these societies. After examining their traditional functions as wives and mothers, the author presents evidence of women's participation in the public and religious spheres. Juxtapositions comparing images and attitudes of each society reveal whether the women portrayed are meant to be examples of perfect femininity or the object of scorn, faithful wives or untouchable priestesses or high-living prostitutes. Depictions of goddesses and the dress and adornments of women are analyzed for what they divulge about ideals of feminine beauty and attitudes toward female nudity. The text is packed with quotations from contemporary sources that reveal details about women in the ancient world, often with surprising resonance for our own time. The illustrations, many specially commissioned, include public art and domestic artifacts: sculptures, wall and mummy case paintings, engravings, silver objects, and jewelry.

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Thesaurus Cultus et Rituum Antiquorum (ThesCRA)
Volume VI and Volume VII
Edited by Antoine Hermary and Bertrand Jaeger
ThesCRA, Volume VI and Volume VII

ThesCRA is a major multivolume reference on all known aspects of Greek, Etruscan, and Roman cults and rituals covering the period from 1000 B.C. to A.D. 400. Illustrated articles in English, French, Italian, and German treat such topics as processions, sacrifices, libations, dedications, purification, initiation, divination, prayer, asylum, oaths, maledictions, banquets, music, dance, and cult places, statues, and implements. In Volume VI, Stages and Circumstances of Life, fifty-five authors discuss various life stages, health, sustenance, craft production, economics, travel, public and private life, guilds, priesthoods, priestly colleges and other institutions, law, diplomacy, and war. Volume VII, Festivals and Games, includes festivals and religious links to neighboring societies.

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Amber and the Ancient World
Faya Causey
Amber and the Ancient World

Amber has fascinated mankind since the Paleolithic era. Through exquisite visual examples and vivid classical texts, this book examines the myths and legends woven around amber—its employment in magic and medicine, its transport and carving, and its incorporation into jewelry, amulets, and other objects of prestige. Showcased are a group of remarkable amber carvings at the J. Paul Getty Museum and masterpieces from other collections. Amber is a tree resin that has metamorphosed over millions of years into a hard, transparent, plastic-like polymer. In the ancient world it was treasured in its raw state, made into ornaments, sewn onto clothing, used to perfume oils and creams, ground into medicines, and burned as incense. It was dedicated to the gods and buried with the wealthy and powerful. Full of fascinating facts and stories, this book brings to life one of the world's most luminous substances.

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Ancient Carved Ambers in the J. Paul Getty Museum
Faya Causey

Available March 2012

This online catalogue opens with a general introduction to amber in the ancient world and then presents fifty-six Etruscan, Greek, and Italic carved ambers in the J. Paul Getty Museum—the second largest collection of this material in the United States and one of the most important in the world. Each piece is given a full description, including typology, style, chronology, and iconography, and is beautifully illustrated in color. The catalogue concludes with technical notes about scientific investigations of these objects and the Baltic amber from which they are carved. With extensive notes, bibliographies, and condition reports on each object, this interactive reference provides scholars with a wealth of information. Images will have zoom functionality, allowing objects to be viewed in detail and from various angles. As new scholarship becomes available, the catalogue will be updated.

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Ancient Carved Ambers in the J. Paul Getty Museum

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