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Treasures of Athens and Olympia: Art from the 5th Century B.C.; Greek Art and the Human Figure; Byzantine and Later Greek Art

Magazine article Arts & Activities

Treasures of Athens and Olympia: Art from the 5th Century B.C.; Greek Art and the Human Figure; Byzantine and Later Greek Art

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[VHS/CD/VISUAL] TREASURES OF ATHENS AND OLYMPIA: Art from the 5th Century B.C.; Greek Art and the Human Figure; Byzantine and Later Greek Art. Series of 3 DVDs or VHS/each 24 min./$239.95; or each video, $89.95. Level: Adult. Films Media Group, 2572 Brunswick Pike, Lawrenceville, NJ 08648; (800) 257-5126; www.films.com.

The three thorough and comprehensive videos (or DVDs) in this series provide the viewer with a detailed guide to the treasures of Greece's foremost city and its surroundings. In the first of the series, which focuses on art from the 5th century B.C., we see how Greek artists and architects began working at an unparalleled level of sophistication. From these works emerged many of the sculptures and buildings of Western culture. A detailed visual analysis of the Parthenon and its frieze in the British Museum is seen close-up.

The second video takes a look at Greek art and the human figure as a measure of all things when Greek art discarded religious functions and moved toward more human-centered concerns. …

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