Assyria to Iberia

at the Dawn of the Classical Age

Joan Aruz, Sarah Graff, and Yelena Rakic

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September 30, 2014
448 pages, 9 1/2 x 12
446 color illus.
ISBN: 9780300208085
Cloth

Published by The Metropolitan Museum of Art/Distributed by Yale University Press

A sweeping survey of objects from one of the richest artistic periods in history

This comprehensive book explores the spectacular art of the first millennium B.C. from the Near East to Western Europe. This was the world of Odysseus, in which trade proliferated with Phoenician merchants; of King Midas, whose tomb was adorned with treasures; and of the Bible, whose stories are illuminated by recent artistic and archeological discoveries. It was also a time of rich cultural exchange across the Mediterranean and Near East as diverse populations interacted through trade, travel, and migration. 

Assyria to Iberia showcases masterpieces that reflect the cultural encounters of this era. Stunning details convey the beauty and significance of more than 300 objects drawn from collections around the globe. These objects include carved reliefs from the majestic palaces of ancient Assyria, Phoenician fine bronze metalwork and carved ivories, and luxurious jewelry. Texts by over 80 international scholars provide a compelling picture of this fascinating period, one that is essential to understanding the origins of Western culture and art.

Joan Aruz is curator in charge, Yelena Rakic is associate curator, and Sarah Graff is assistant curator, all in the Department of Ancient Near Eastern Art, The Metropolitan Museum of Art. 

EXHIBITION SCHEDULE

The Metropolitan Museum of Art
(09/16/14–01/04/15)

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Perspectives on the Steppe Nomads of the Ancient World: The Metropolitan Museum of Art Symposia

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