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The Alexander Mosaic

The Alexander Mosaic
Stories of Victory and Defeat

Part of Cambridge Studies in Classical Art and Iconography

  • Author: Ada Cohen, Dartmouth College, New Hampshire
  • Date Published: April 2000
  • availability: Unavailable - out of print June 2006
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521775434


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  • This book focuses on one of the richest, most complex and visually stunning monuments of classical antiquity. Contributing to a vast tradition of scholarship, which dates back to the discovery of the Mosaic in 1831, Ada Cohen here engages with, but departs from, a core of positivist assumptions that characterize this body of literature. In this study, she examines the Mosaic as it may have functioned in two different contexts, first as a Greek painting of the fourth century BC, and then as a Roman mosaic of c. 100 BC. A variety of interpretive issues regarding history and art history are examined, suggesting broader implications for the study of ancient monuments.

    • The first book-length study in English of the Alexander Mosaic
    • Challenges existing scholarship by raising art historical, historical and theoretical issues
    • Studies the Mosaic's image in two different cultures and times
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    'This is a rich, subtle, well-researched, fair, and often convincing study … [It] is essential reading for any serious student of Greek art in general and the Alexander Mosaic in particular.' American Journal of Archaeology

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    Product details

    • Date Published: April 2000
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521775434
    • length: 302 pages
    • dimensions: 254 x 178 x 19 mm
    • weight: 0.735kg
    • contains: 78 b/w illus. 14 colour illus.
    • availability: Unavailable - out of print June 2006
  • Table of Contents

    1. Introduction and methodology
    2. Battle images and battle narratives: the background
    3. The question of the copy
    4. The battle between Darius and Alexander: the first level of existence
    5. The narrative and the dramatic
    6. The narrative and the descriptive
    7. The mosaic in Roman context: the second level of existence

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    Ada Cohen, Dartmouth College, New Hampshire

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