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Shown here are 160 of the most important and beautiful works of classical art held in the British Museum. Beginning with pre-historic Greece it continues through the classical period and the Roman Empire until the reign of Constantine the Greek. Each item has a full-page illustration, often with a close-up photo too, while the text describes the piece and its history. Many of the items depicted are internationally famous, others less so, but all are equally stunning. Items such as the glorious Crawford and Barber Roman cups made from purple, green and yellow fluorite, or the Portland vase, which is probably the most famous cameo glass vase in the world, are depicted here. The turn of every page reveals another treasure. An exquisite twisted gold Greek diadem, an early Greek bronze sculpture of a horse and rider with a glowing green/blue patina, a Greek jug in the shape of a griffin, and the Roman Lycurgus cup which has been made from dichroic glass that changes from opaque green to glowing red when light passes through it; these are just a few of the many treasures in this superb and informative book. 360pp. Colour illus.
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