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The Mosaics of Roman Crete
Art, Archaeology and Social Change

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  • Date Published: May 2013
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  • isbn: 9781107352445

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  • This book examines the rich corpus of mosaics created in Crete during the Roman and Late Antique eras. It provides essential information on the style, iconography, and chronology of the material, as well as discussion of the craftspeople who created them and the technologies they used. The contextualized mosaic evidence also reveals a new understanding of Roman and Late Antique Crete. It helps shed light on the processes by which Crete became part of the Roman Empire, its subsequent Christianization, and the pivotal role the island played in the Mediterranean network of societies during these periods. This book provides an original approach to the study of mosaics and an innovative method of presenting a diachronic view of provincial Cretan society.

    • Presents for the first time a catalogue of Roman and Late Antique mosaics of Crete
    • Shows how it is possible to apply the evidence of mosaics within their archaeological contexts to make a significant contribution to understanding the nature of society in Roman and Late Antique Crete and the role it played in the Empire
    • New synthesis of all the known Roman and Late Antique archaeological material brought to light in recent years
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    "… the first of its kind to focus on the rich corpus of mosaics from Crete dated to the Roman and late antiquity periods. …well-written and beautifully illustrated … provides an excellent overview of the mosaics in an area of the Roman empire with much potential for further work."
    Anna Kouremenos, The Classical Review

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    Product details

    • Date Published: May 2013
    • format: Adobe eBook Reader
    • isbn: 9781107352445
    • contains: 65 b/w illus. 6 maps 1 table
    • availability: This ISBN is for an eBook version which is distributed on our behalf by a third party.
  • Table of Contents

    1. Introduction
    2. The archaeology of Crete
    3. Iconography of Cretan mosaics
    4. Date and distribution
    5. Urban and architectural contexts
    6. Mosaics of Crete: craftspeople, technology, and workshops
    7. The provincial view, globalization, and Christianization.

  • Author

    Rebecca J. Sweetman, University of St Andrews, Scotland
    Rebecca J. Sweetman is a Senior Lecturer in Ancient History and Archaeology at the School of Classics, University of St Andrews. She has published widely on Roman and Late Antique Greece, including articles in the American Journal of Archaeology, the Annual of the British School at Athens and the Journal of Late Antiquity and is the editor of Roman Colonies in the First Century of Their Foundation (2011). Her excavations and research have received funding from the British Academy, the British School at Athens, the Carnegie Foundation and the Arts and Humanities Research Council.

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