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H 245 x W 174 mm

198 pages

71 figures (colour throughout)

Published Aug 2022

Archaeopress Archaeology


Paperback: 9781803271644

Digital: 9781803271651

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The Birth and Development of the Idealized Concept of Arcadia in the Ancient World

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Bringing together for the first time all the available evidence for the origination and development of the concept of Arcadia, from the Homeric period to the early Roman Empire, this book brings to light a treasure-trove of evidence, both well-known and obscure or fragmentary, filling a significant gap in the scholarly bibliography.



Introduction ;

Escaping the community in Archaic Greece ;
The Homeric / Geometric period ;
The Orientalising period ;
The High and Late Archaic periods ;

The Early Classical Period ;
Historical and literary evidence ;
The visual evidence ;

The Mid Classical Period ;
The historical and literary evidence ;
The visual evidence ;

The Late Classical Period ;
The historical and literary evidence ;
The evidence in architecture and the visual arts ;

The creation of the Arcadian Dream in early Hellenistic times ;
The Age of the Diadochi ;
Historical and literary evidence ;
The visual evidence ;
Evidence from the Roman world ;

The Arcadiam Dream in mid Hellenistic times ;
The historical and mythical evidence ;
Visual evidence ;

The Arcadian Dream in late Hellenistic times ;
The historical and literary evidence ;
Architecture and the visual arts ;

Bibliography ;

Index of testimonia

About the Author

Antonio Corso is currently Visiting Professor in the Department of History and Archaeology of the University of Cyprus. He received his doctorate from the University of Padua and has held fellowships from, inter alia, the British Academy, the German Archaeological Institute and the Onassis Foundation. He is the author of 176 scientific works, including 13 books. His research focuses on ancient art criticism, ancient artists (in particular Praxiteles), architectural drawings and about the after-life of ancient art in the Byzantine world. He is a member of two field archaeology teams: at Tenea and at Kasta of Amphipolis.