The Civilization of Greece in the Bronze Age

The Civilization of Greece in the Bronze Age

The Civilization of Greece in the Bronze Age

The Civilization of Greece in the Bronze Age

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This volume contains the substance of six lectures o0n the civilization and art of the Greek Bronze Age delivered by me under the terms of the Rhind Bequest before the University of Edinburgh in the autumn of 1923, considerably enlarged and brought up to date. It is illustrated by a large selection of photographs and line drawings covering the whole ground of the lectures and including material both new and old. The lantern-illustrations were the main feature of the original lectures, and on that account it has been considered appropriate that their edition now should also be illustrated profusely. It is, in fact, impossible to present the object-matter satisfactorily without profuse illustration. To give merely a few illustrations of prominent objects of the ancient civilization and art described would be unsatisfactory, as this would mean in the majority of cases merely the reproduction of things already often reproduced. And to illustrate recent finds only would be unsatisfactory and illogical, since the lectures were intended to cover the whole ground and to describe well-known as well as less-known relics of prehistoric Greek culture. In this matter of illustrations I am greatly indebted to the indulgence of my publishers, who have gone beyond any limit of patience that I could have expected in this matter. The delay in the appearance of the book has been largely due to the anxious consideration that I have given to the illustrations, to the weighing of their respective importance, the sifting of them, the rejection of many already decided on in favour of others more recently acquired that seemed more desirable, in view of the necessity of cutting down the pictures to a reasonable number and if possible preventing the book from being . . .

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