Loot

The Battle over the Stolen Treasures of the Ancient World
Author: Sharon Waxman
Publisher: Macmillan
ISBN: 1429960434
Category: Art
Page: 432
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A journey across four continents to the heart of the conflict over who should own the great works of ancient art Why are the Elgin Marbles in London and not on the Acropolis? Why do there seem to be as many mummies in France as there are in Egypt? Why are so many Etruscan masterworks in America? For the past two centuries, the West has been plundering the treasures of the ancient world to fill its great museums, but in recent years, the countries where ancient civilizations originated have begun to push back, taking museums to court, prosecuting curators, and threatening to force the return of these priceless objects. Where do these treasures rightly belong? Sharon Waxman, a former culture reporter for The New York Times and a longtime foreign correspondent, brings us inside this high-stakes conflict, examining the implications for the preservation of the objects themselves and for how we understand our shared cultural heritage. Her journey takes readers from the great cities of Europe and America to Egypt, Turkey, Greece, and Italy, as these countries face down the Louvre, the Metropolitan Museum, the British Museum, and the J. Paul Getty Museum. She also introduces a cast of determined and implacable characters whose battles may strip these museums of some of their most cherished treasures. For readers who are fascinated by antiquity, who love to frequent museums, and who believe in the value of cultural exchange, Loot opens a new window on an enduring conflict.

Eine kurze Geschichte der Menschheit


Author: Yuval Noah Harari
Publisher: DVA
ISBN: 364110498X
Category: History
Page: 528
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Krone der Schöpfung? Vor 100 000 Jahren war der Homo sapiens noch ein unbedeutendes Tier, das unauffällig in einem abgelegenen Winkel des afrikanischen Kontinents lebte. Unsere Vorfahren teilten sich den Planeten mit mindestens fünf weiteren menschlichen Spezies, und die Rolle, die sie im Ökosystem spielten, war nicht größer als die von Gorillas, Libellen oder Quallen. Vor 70 000 Jahren dann vollzog sich ein mysteriöser und rascher Wandel mit dem Homo sapiens, und es war vor allem die Beschaffenheit seines Gehirns, die ihn zum Herren des Planeten und zum Schrecken des Ökosystems werden ließ. Bis heute hat sich diese Vorherrschaft stetig zugespitzt: Der Mensch hat die Fähigkeit zu schöpferischem und zu zerstörerischem Handeln wie kein anderes Lebewesen. Anschaulich, unterhaltsam und stellenweise hochkomisch zeichnet Yuval Harari die Geschichte des Menschen nach und zeigt alle großen, aber auch alle ambivalenten Momente unserer Menschwerdung.

A Companion to the Archaeology of the Ancient Near East


Author: D. T. Potts
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
ISBN: 1405189886
Category: History
Page: 1500
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A comprehensive and authoritative overview of ancient material culture from the late Pleistocene to Late Antiquity Features up–to–date surveys and the latest information from major new excavations such as Qatna (Syria), Göbekli Tepe (Turkey) Includes a diverse range of perspectives by senior, mid–career and junior scholars in Europe, USA, Britain, Australia, and the Middle East for a truly international group Includes major reviews of the origins of agriculture, animal domestication, and archaeological landscapes Includes chapters dealing with periods after the coming of Alexander the Great, including studies of the Seleucid, Arsacid, Sasanian, Roman and Byzantine empires in the Near East, as well as early Christianity in both the Levant and Mesopotamia Fills a gap in literature of the Ancient Near East, dealing with topics often overlooked, including ethical and legal issues in antiquities markets and international scholarship

The Oxford Handbook of Greek and Roman Art and Architecture


Author: Clemente Marconi
Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 0199790523
Category: Art
Page: 728
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The study of Greek and Roman Art and Architecture has a long history that goes back to the second half of the 18th century and has provided an essential contribution towards the creation and the definition of the wider disciplines of Art History and Architectural History. This venerable tradition and record are in part responsible for the diffused tendency to avoid general discussions addressing the larger theoretical implications, methodologies, and directions of research in the discipline. This attitude is in sharp contrast not only with the wider field of Art History, but also with disciplines that are traditionally associated with the study of Greek and Roman Art and Architecture, like Classics and Classical Archaeology. In recent years, the field has been characterized by an ever-increasing range of approaches, under the influence of various disciplines such as Sociology, Semiotics, Gender Theory, Anthropology, Reception Theory, and Hermeneutics. In light of these recent developments, this Handbook seeks to explore key aspects of Greek and Roman Art and Architecture, and to assess the current state of the discipline. The Handbook includes thirty essays, in addition to the introduction, by an international team of leading senior scholars, who have played a critical role in shaping the field, and by younger scholars, who will express the perspectives of a newer generation. After a framing introduction written by the editor, which compares ancient and modern notions of art and architecture, the Handbook is divided into five sections: Pictures from the Inside, Greek and Roman Art and Architecture in the Making, Ancient Contexts, Post-Antique Contexts, and Approaches. Together, the essays in the volume make for an innovative and important book, one that is certain to find a wide readership.

Shaky Ground

Context, Connoisseurship and the History of Roman Art
Author: Elizabeth Marlowe
Publisher: A&C Black
ISBN: 1472502094
Category: History
Page: 160
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The recent crisis in the world of antiquities collecting has prompted scholars and the general public to pay more attention than ever before to the archaeological findspots and collecting histories of ancient artworks. This new scrutiny is applied to works currently on the market as well as to those acquired since (and despite) the 1970 UNESCO Convention, which aimed to prevent the trafficking in cultural property. When it comes to famous works that have been in major museums for many generations, however, the matter of their origins is rarely considered. Canonical pieces like the Barberini Togatus or the Fonseca bust of a Flavian lady appear in many scholarly studies and virtually every textbook on Roman art. But we have no more certainty about these works' archaeological contexts than we do about those that surface on the market today. This book argues that the current legal and ethical debates over looting, ownership and cultural property have distracted us from the epistemological problems inherent in all (ostensibly) ancient artworks lacking a known findspot, problems that should be of great concern to those who seek to understand the past through its material remains.

Die Legenden von Attolia 1

Der Dieb
Author: Megan Whalen Turner
Publisher: Blanvalet Taschenbuch Verlag
ISBN: 3641107784
Category: Fiction
Page: 304
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Der junge Dieb Gen ist ein Meister seines Fachs. Doch auch der beste Dieb kann einmal Pech haben, und so wird Gen eines Tages von den Schergen des Königs gefasst und in den Kerker gesperrt.

Couched in Death

Klinai and Identity in Anatolia and Beyond
Author: Elizabeth P. Baughan
Publisher: University of Wisconsin Pres
ISBN: 0299291839
Category: Art
Page: 576
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In Couched in Death, Elizabeth P. Baughan offers the first comprehensive look at the earliest funeral couches in the ancient Mediterranean world. These sixth- and fifth-century BCE klinai from Asia Minor were inspired by specialty luxury furnishings developed in Archaic Greece for reclining at elite symposia. It was in Anatolia, however—in the dynastic cultures of Lydia and Phrygia and their neighbors—that klinai first gained prominence not as banquet furniture but as burial receptacles. For tombs, wooden couches were replaced by more permanent media cut from bedrock, carved from marble or limestone, or even cast in bronze. The rich archaeological findings of funerary klinai throughout Asia Minor raise intriguing questions about the social and symbolic meanings of this burial furniture. Why did Anatolian elites want to bury their dead on replicas of Greek furniture? Do the klinai found in Anatolian tombs represent Persian influence after the conquest of Anatolia, as previous scholarship has suggested? Bringing a diverse body of understudied and unpublished material together for the first time, Baughan investigates the origins and cultural significance of kline-burial and charts the stylistic development and distribution of funerary klinai throughout Anatolia. She contends that funeral couch burials and banqueter representations in funerary art helped construct hybridized Anatolian-Persian identities in Achaemenid Anatolia, and she reassesses the origins of the custom of the reclining banquet itself, a defining feature of ancient Mediterranean civilizations. Baughan explores the relationships of Anatolian funeral couches with similar traditions in Etruria and Macedonia as well as their "afterlife" in the modern era, and her study also includes a comprehensive survey of evidence for ancient klinai in general, based on analysis of more than three hundred klinai representations on Greek vases as well as archaeological and textual sources.

Die Launenhaftigkeit der Liebe

Roman
Author: Hannah Rothschild
Publisher: DVA
ISBN: 3641174236
Category: Fiction
Page: 512
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Darf man für ein Gemälde töten? Annie McDee ist nach London gezogen, um nach der Trennung von ihrem langjährigen Freund einen Neuanfang zu wagen. Eines Tages kauft die junge Köchin in einem Trödelladen ein verstaubtes kleines Gemälde, nicht ahnend, dass dieses Bild nur wenige Monate später die internationale Kunstwelt in helle Aufregung versetzen wird. Schwerreiche russische Oligarchen, Staatspräsidenten, die Gattin eines Ölscheichs und ein Gangster-Rapper werden vor dem altehrwürdigen Auktionshaus Monachorum & Sons Schlange stehen, um den »Verkauf des Jahrhunderts« für sich zu entscheiden. Doch auch Annies Leben wird durch ihren Zufallsfund auf den Kopf gestellt. Denn unversehens gerät sie ins Zentrum der dunklen Machenschaften skrupelloser Kunsthändler, die zu allem bereit sind, damit ein gut gehütetes Familiengeheimnis nicht ans Tageslicht kommt ...

The Lost Chalice

The Epic Hunt for a Priceless Masterpiece
Author: Vernon Silver
Publisher: William Morrow
ISBN: N.A
Category: History
Page: 352
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A pulse-pounding real-life chase for an ancient masterpiece of immeasurable value . . . Sotheby's. New York City. June 19, 1990. Nothing of its kind had been sold to the public in more than a century. On a warm June evening on Manhattan's Upper East Side, with the auction-house showroom crammed with the wealthy, the curious, and the press, history was made when an anonymous man in a green golf sweater paid an unprecedented three quarters of a million dollars to win the twenty-five-hundred-year-old chalice. After that night, this historical artifact disappeared, its whereabouts a mystery. Until now. It is among the most prized of antiquities: the Greek artist Euphronios's wine cup depicting the death of Zeus's son Sarpedon at Troy. Lost for more than two millennia, the chalice—one of only six of its kind found intact—mysteriously surfaced in the collection of a Hollywood producer, who then sold it to a Texas billionaire. Coveted by obsessed private collectors, dealers, and museum curators, it was also of intense interest to the Italian police, who believed it belonged to their country, where it had first been dug up earlier in the twentieth century. In this breathtaking tale of history, adventure, and intrigue, archaeologist and journalist Vernon Silver pieces together the extraordinary tale of the lost cup and offers a portrait of the modern antiquities trade: a world of tomb raiders, smugglers, wealthy collectors, ambitious archaeol-ogists, rapacious dealers, corrupt curators, and international law enforcement. Spanning twenty-five hundred years, The Lost Chalice moves from the mythic battlefield of the Trojan War to the countryside of twentieth-century Tuscany, the dusty libraries of Oxford University to the exhibition halls of New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art, the cramped law-enforcement offices of the Carabinieri to the tony rooms of New York's auction houses to solve the mystery of the world's rarest masterpiece. As Silver learns, the discovery of the chalice exposes another riddle—and an even greater missing treasure. Epic and thrilling, The Lost Chalice is a driving true-life detective story that illuminates a big-money, high-stakes, double-dealing world, which is as fascinating as it is unforgettable. Silver's thrilling tale opens a window onto Italian history, culture, and life rarely seen.

Inventing Jewish Ritual


Author: Vanessa L. Ochs
Publisher: Jewish Publication Society
ISBN: 9780827608344
Category: Social Science
Page: 300
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Vanessa Ochs invites her readers to explore how Jewish practice can be more meaningful through renewing, reshaping, and even creating new rituals, such as naming ceremonies for welcoming baby girls, healing services, Miriam’s cup, mitzvah days, egalitarian wedding practices, and commitment ceremonies. We think of rituals—the patterned ways of doing things that have shared and often multiple meanings— as being steeped in tradition and therefore unalterable. But rituals have always been reinvented. When we perform ancient rituals in a particular place and time they are no longer quite the same rituals they once were. Each is a debut, an innovation: this Sabbath meal, this Passover seder, this wedding—firsts in their own unique ways. In the last 30 years there has been a surge of interest in reinventing ritual, in what is called minhag America. Ochs describes the range and diversity of interest in this Jewish American experience and examines how it reflects tradition as it revives Jewish culture and faith. And she shows us how to create our own ritual objects, sacred spaces, ceremonies, and liturgies that can be paths to greater personal connection with history and with holiness: baby-naming ceremonies for girls, divorce rituals, Shabbat practices, homemade haggadahs, ritual baths, healing services. Through these and more, we see that American Judaism is a dynamic cultural process very much open to change and a source of great personal and communal meaning. The ceramic “Tree of Life” spice container that appears on the cover of Inventing Jewish Ritual is by Susan Garson of Garson and Pakele Studios, www.garsonpakele.com

Jesus and his World

The archaeological evidence
Author: Craig Evans
Publisher: SPCK
ISBN: 0281067945
Category: Religion
Page: 200
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A popular book by a world-renowned scholar, weighing up what the latest archaeological evidence can tell us about the historical Jesus and his world. Currently, there is a lot of interest in the historical Jesus, following the success of books such as The Jesus Family Tomb, Bart Ehrman's Misquoting Jesus, and, of course, The Da Vinci Code.

Ich hasse dieses Internet. Ein nützlicher Roman


Author: Jarett Kobek
Publisher: S. Fischer Verlag
ISBN: 3104903190
Category: Fiction
Page: 368
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Zeitgeist ist sein zweiter Name: Mit rasender Energie erzählt Jarett Kobek in seinem Roman, was das Internet mit uns macht. San Francisco: Eine Gruppe von Freunden kollidiert hart mit der digitalen Gegenwart. Adeline hat nach einer unbedachten Äußerung zu Beyoncé und Rihanna einen Shitstorm am Hals, und Ellen findet sich nackt im Netz. Die Kampfzone hat sich verschoben, und wir selbst haben die Munition geliefert: Warum geben wir unsere Daten her? Machen Apple und Google zu den mächtigsten Playern der Welt? Hier ist sie endlich: Eine »raue Tirade zu Politik und Kultur, ein Aufschrei zu Macht und Gewalt in unserer globalisierten Welt« (New York Times). Für alle, die Dave Eggers ›Circle‹ und Michel Houellebecqs ›Unterwerfung‹ geliebt haben – plus eine Prise Wahnsinn obendrauf.