Rome

An Empire's Story

Author: Greg Woolf

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 0199677514

Category: History

Page: 384

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"The very idea of empire was created in ancient Rome and even today traces of its monuments, literature, and institutions can be found across Europe, the Near East, and North Africa--and sometimes even further afield. In Rome, historian Greg Woolf expertly recounts how this mammoth empire was created, how it was sustained in crisis, and how it shaped the world of its rulers and subjects--a story spanning a millennium and a half of history. The personalities and events of Roman history have become part of the West's cultural lexicon, and Woolf provides brilliant retellings of each of these, from the war with Carthage to Octavian's victory over Cleopatra, from the height of territorial expansion under the emperors Trajan and Hadrian to the founding of Constantinople and the barbarian invasions which resulted in Rome's ultimate collapse. Throughout, Woolf carefully considers the conditions that made Rome's success possible and so durable, covering topics as diverse as ecology, slavery, and religion. Woolf also compares Rome to other ancient empires and to its many later imitators, bringing into vivid relief the Empire's most distinctive and enduring features. As Woolf demonstrates, nobody ever planned to create a state that would last more than a millennium and a half, yet Rome was able, in the end, to survive barbarian migrations, economic collapse and even the conflicts between a series of world religions that had grown up within its borders, in the process generating an image and a myth of empire that is apparently indestructible. Based on new research and compellingly told, this sweeping account promises to eclipse all previously published histories of the empire"--Publisher's description, .
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Time Honored

A Global View of Architectural Conservation

Author: John H. Stubbs

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 0470260491

Category: Architecture

Page: 434

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“The absence heretofore of a comparably thoroughgoing but accessible resource on a topic of such urgent public concern was a glaring lapse that makes this deeply researched, lucidly written, and helpfully annotated book an invaluable addition to the literature.”— New York Review of Books Time Honored is a comprehensive survey of the practice, theory, and structure of architectural heritage conservation throughout the world. Offering an argument for why architectural conservation is indispensable to modern life, Time Honored describes its parameters and evolution in an historical context, and then methodically presents approaches used in various countries, showing how historic preservation in the West differs from conservation in the rest of the world. Illustrated throughout with over 300 photographs, drawings, maps, and charts. No other book navigates the global conservation programs, policies, and project types so completely.
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Discovery of the Past

Author: Alain Schnapp

Publisher: Harry N. Abrams

ISBN: N.A

Category: Social Science

Page: 384

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Examines the development of archaeology as a science and the process by which humankind developed an understanding of its past
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De-Introducing the New Testament

Texts, Worlds, Methods, Stories

Author: Todd Penner,Davina Lopez

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 1118432967

Category: Religion

Page: 256

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In De-Introducing the New Testament, the authors arguefor a renewed commitment to the defamiliarizing power of NewTestament studies and a reclaiming of the discipline as one thatexemplifies the best practices of the humanities. A new approach that asks us to ‘defamiliarize’ whatwe think we know about the New Testament, articulating themes andquestions about its study that encourage further reflection andengagement Looks behind the traditional ways in which the NT is“introduced” to critically engage the conceptualframework of the field as a whole Provides a critical intervention into several methodologicalimpasses in contemporary NT scholarship Offers an appraisal of the relationship between economics andculture in the production of NT scholarship Written in a style that is clear and concise, ideal for studentreadership
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The search for Ancient Greece

Author: Roland Étienne,Franc̜oise Etienne

Publisher: Harry N. Abrams

ISBN: N.A

Category: History

Page: 175

View: 1969

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A critical study of ancient Greek culture and its dramatic influence on the course of Western civilization also examines the development of archaeology in nineteenth- and twentieth-century Greece. Original.
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Discoveries: Story of Jazz

Author: Franck Bergerot

Publisher: Harry N Abrams Incorporated

ISBN: N.A

Category: Music

Page: 159

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An illustrated look at the history of jazz discusses jazz's birth, its coming of age between 1940 and 1960, the contributions of such jazz greats as Coltrane, Davis, and Mingus, and the various musical forms--from free jazz to fusion. Original.
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Discoveries: Forbidden City

Author: Dominique Morel,Giles Beguin

Publisher: Harry N. Abrams

ISBN: 9780810928220

Category: Architecture

Page: 143

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Traces the history of the Chinese palace that was reserved exclusively for the Emperor and his court
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Discoveries: Henri Cartier-Bresson

Author: Clément Chéroux

Publisher: Harry N Abrams Incorporated

ISBN: N.A

Category: Photography

Page: 159

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Born in 1908 in France, Henri Cartier-Bresson is considered to be the father of modern photojournalism. Early on he adopted the versatile 35mm format and helped develop the popular “street photography” style, influencing generations of photographers that followed. In his own words, he expressed that “the camera is a sketch book, an instrument of intuition and spontaneity, the master of the instant which, in visual terms, questions and decides simultaneously. . . . It is by economy of means that one arrives at simplicity of expression.” In 1947 Cartier-Bresson founded Magnum Photos with four other photographers. August 22 will be the 100th anniversary of his birth.
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Discoveries: Frida Kahlo, Painting Her Own Reality

Author: Christina Burrus

Publisher: Harry N. Abrams

ISBN: N.A

Category: Art

Page: 144

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"My painting carries within it the message of pain". Frida Kahlo—born in 1907 near Mexico City—learned about pain at a very early age. She contracted polio at six, and then at eighteen suffered serious and permanent injury to her right leg and pelvis in a terrible bus accident. Young and undaunted, she went on to fall in love with the great mural painter Diego Rivera at a time when their native Mexico was going through a period of thrilling political and cultural upheaval. Rivera and Kahlo were a legendary couple—both were impassioned, lifelong communists while fervently attached to traditional Mexican Indian culture, and both were driven by a relentless artistic ambition that surmounted all the dramas that plagued their marriage. Later, Frida became the friend and lover of Leon Trotsky. She was greatly admired by the Surrealists and sat for some of the greatest photographers of her day. Her art largely consisted of self-portraits, like the famous paintingsThe Two FridasandThe Broken Column, though she also left many striking still-lives. InFrida Kahlo: Painting Her Own Reality, Christina Burrus assesses Frida Kahlo’s extraordinary work—a maelstrom of cruelty, humor, candor, and insolence reflecting the essence of a free, beautiful, courageous woman who concealed her physical pain behind peals of infectious laughter.
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