The Monumental Tombs Of Ancient Alexandria: The Theater Of The Dead Marjorie Susan Venit

ISBN: 9780521806596

Published: August 26th 2002

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267 pages


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The Monumental Tombs Of Ancient Alexandria: The Theater Of The Dead  by  Marjorie Susan Venit

The Monumental Tombs Of Ancient Alexandria: The Theater Of The Dead by Marjorie Susan Venit
August 26th 2002 | Hardcover | PDF, EPUB, FB2, DjVu, audiobook, mp3, ZIP | 267 pages | ISBN: 9780521806596 | 5.69 Mb

Spanning the life of this ancient city almost from its inception in 331 BCE through its transformation into a Christian metropolis, Alexandrias monumental tombs provide the single richest source of information about the ancient city. They attestMoreSpanning the life of this ancient city almost from its inception in 331 BCE through its transformation into a Christian metropolis, Alexandrias monumental tombs provide the single richest source of information about the ancient city. They attest both to the diversity and the cohesion of the community, its populations wealth and love of luxury, its sense of theatricality and pomp, and its cosmopolitan attitude.

Neither Greek, nor Macedonian nor Egyptian, the monumental tombs from their inception demonstrate a specifically Alexandrian response to the ceremony of death that draws upon all three cultures but answers to none. Over the more than 500 years covered in this volume, Alexandrias monumental tombs confirm the changing ethos of the citys populace, as the tombs provide the stage on which both the citys continuity and its shifting concerns are played out.

They afford a visual testament to the citys art and to its social history.



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