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Civilisations: The Eye of Faith (Hardback)
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Civilisations: The Eye of Faith (Hardback)

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Hardback 160 Pages / Published: 01/03/2018
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Since civilisation began, we have attempted to understand what it means to be human - be it through art, language, culture, or religion. Our understanding is most often split between two different interpretations of the self: as a physical being and spiritual one. Here, Professor Mary Beard lends a helping hand, mapping the progression of our understanding through the history of art and religion in civilisations. Focusing on the arrival of the human figure as a physical subject of art, Mary Beard examines the history of beauty. Beginning with the Jericho painted skulls from 10,000 years ago, and spanning the globe. Mary then focuses on how art enabled large and complex societies to organise themselves through religion. The power of Christianity in Europe is examined through the glittering Byzantine mosaics at Ravenna, the exquisite calligraphy of Islamic art shows how aniconic art and the removal (largely) of the human figure pointed to a different way of conveying the divine and how each piece describes the spiritual harmony of 'heaven and earth'. Mary examines in depth the creativity that gave identity to great civilisations, past and present.

Publisher: Profile Books Ltd
ISBN: 9781788160018
Number of pages: 160
Dimensions: 220 x 146 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
Praise for Mary Beard: She's pulled off that rare trick of becoming a don with a high media profile who hasn't sold out, who is absolutely respected by the academy for her scholarship ... what she says is always powerful and interesting * Guardian *
An irrepressible enthusiast with a refreshing disregard for convention * Financial Times *
Dynamically, wittily and authoritatively brings the ancient world to life -- Simon Sebag Montefiore
With such a champion as Beard to debunk and popularise, the future of the study of classics is assured * Daily Telegraph *
Praise for SPQR: Fast-moving, exciting, psychologically acute, warmly sceptical -- Bryan Appleyard * Sunday Times *
Vastly engaging ... a tremendously enjoyable and scholarly read -- Natalie Haynes * Observer *
Sustaining the energy that such a topic demands for more than 600 pages, while providing a coherent answer to the question of why Rome expanded so spectacularly, is hugely ambitious. Beard succeeds triumphantly ... full of insights and delights ... SPQR is consistently enlivened by Beard's eye for detail and her excellent sense of humour * Sunday Times *
Masterful ... This is exemplary popular history, engaging but never dumbed down, providing both the grand sweep and the intimate details that bring the distant past vividly to life * Economist *
Ground-breaking ... invigorating ... revolutionary ... a whole new approach to ancient history -- Thomas Hodgkinson * Spectator *

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