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There is a table of contents but no index or glossary. The 3 main areas of Ancient Aegean art: Cycladic, Minoan and Mycenaean are covered with appropriate detail. read more
There is a table of contents but no index or glossary. The 3 main areas of Ancient Aegean art: Cycladic, Minoan and Mycenaean are covered with appropriate detail.
I was especially impressed by the chapter on the Minoan 'Snake Goddess'.
I updates will be relatively easy and straightforward to implement as needed.
I appreciate the straightforward language in the text. It will be appropriate for a wide range of students. Consider including dimensions in inches as well as cm in object descriptions.
At the beginning of Chapter 4 in part 2 (pg. 14), a question is posed to the reader at the top of the page. This is the only time I saw something like this in the text. I would recommend eliminating it, or adding a question to the beginning of each chapter for consistency.
Yes this is divided into manageable sections. I also like that there are video links as well to include different modalities.
Well organized. The separation of sections between Cycladic, Minoan and Mycenaean makes sense.
The 2 column layout per page can be a bit difficult to manage on a phone or smaller laptop.
There were no errors that i noticed.
Even though the Minoan woman/goddess (Ch 12) is known as 'La Parisienne' I think a name change should be considered' because that name is not relevant to the artist who created the image. It can be likened to changing the name of the 'Venus of Willendorf' to the 'Woman of Willendorf'.
I enjoyed this book and will certainly be adding it into my repertoire when I teach about art of the Ancient Aegean. I like that many of the chapters focus on mainly one item of art. This will allow the students to dig deeper into a particular item rather than the quick interactions a survey course often provides.
Table of Contents
Part I. Cycladic
- 1. Male Harp Player from Keros
- 2. Frescoes from Akrotiri, Thera
Part II. Minoan
- 3. The Palace at Knossos (Crete)
- 4. Kamares Ware Jug - a classic example
- 5. Snake Goddess from the palace at Knossos
- 6. Bull's Head Rhyton from the palace at Knossos
- 7. Harvester Vase from Hagia Triada
- 8. Octopus Vase from Palaikastro
- 9. Statuette of a Male Figure (The Palaikastro Kouros)
- 10. Hagia Triada sarcophagus
- 11. Bull-leaping fresco from the palace of Knossos
- 12. Minoan woman or goddess from the palace of Knossos ("La Parisienne")
Part III. Mycenean Art
- 13. The "Palace" and Grave Circle A
- 14. Mask of Agamemnon
- 15. The Treasury of Atreus
- 16. Lion Gate, Mycenae
About the Book
This book contains all of Smarthistory’s content for the Ancient Aegean, including Cycladic, Minoan, and Mycenaean art.
About the Contributors
Ruth Ezra is a doctoral candidate at Harvard University, where she specializes in the art of late-medieval and Renaissance Europe. Upon completion of her BA at Williams College, she studied in the UK on a Marshall Scholarship, earning an MPhil in history and philosophy of science from the University of Cambridge and an MA in history of art from the Courtauld Institute. A committed educator, Ruth has recently served as a Gallery Lecturer at both the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston and the National Galleries of Scotland, as well as a Teaching Fellow at Harvard.
Beth Harris is co-founder and executive director of Smarthistory. Previously, she was dean of art and history at Khan Academy and director of digital learning at The Museum of Modern Art, where she started MoMA Courses Online and co-produced educational videos, websites and apps. Before joining MoMA, Beth was Associate Professor of art history and director of distance learning at the Fashion Institute of Technology where she taught both online and in the classroom. She has co-authored, with Dr. Steven Zucker, numerous articles on the future of education and the future of museums, topics she regularly addresses at conferences around the world. She received her Master’s degree from the Courtauld Institute of Art in London, and her doctorate in Art History from the Graduate Center of the City University of New York.
Steven Zucker is co-founder and executive director of Smarthistory. Previously, Steven was dean of art and history at Khan Academy. He was also chair of history of art and design at Pratt Institute where he strengthened enrollment and lead the renewal of curriculum across the Institute. Before that, he was dean of the School of Graduate Studies at the Fashion Institute of Technology, SUNY and chair of their art history department. He has taught at The School of Visual Arts, Hunter College, and at The Museum of Modern Art. Dr. Zucker is a recipient of the SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching. He has co-authored, with Dr. Beth Harris, numerous articles on the future of education and the future of museums, topics he regularly addresses at conferences around the world. Dr. Zucker received his Ph.D. from the Graduate Center of the City University of New York.