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Studies in Classical Archaeology

Excavating Classical Culture - Recent Archaeological Discoveries in Greece, inaugurates a new series, Studies in Classical Archaeology, in the same format as Studies in the History of Collections.

The series is published by the Beazley Archive in the University of Oxford and Archaeopress, the Oxford-based publisher of British Archaeological Reports. It aims to make high quality books on classical archaeology and art available quickly and at a reasonable price.

The second volume in the series, The Lewes House Gems, by J.D. Beazley was published in October 2002. It is a revised edition, by Sir John Boardman, of Beazley's classic publication of 1920.

The third volume is Reception of Classical Art, an Introduction. A series of lectures took place in the autumn of 2003 designed to complement two options in the Master of Studies in Classical Archaeology. It was decided to publish the lectures as delivered, without footnotes, but with bibliographies specifically chosen for our students.

The fourth volume is Essays in Classical Archaeology for Eleni Hatzivassiliou 1977-2007. A memorial volume, compiled by friends and colleagues, presented to her parents on the first anniversary of her tragic death on the island of Lesbos in July 2007.

The fifth volume is Cruelty and sentimentality: Greek attitudes to animals, 600-300 BC. A work examining archaeological and literary evidence to discover how ancient Greeks regarded, interacted with, used, and treated tame and domestic animals, as well as some prominent wild species.


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Volume II
The Lewes House Collection of Ancient Gems

by J.D. Beazley

edited by John Boardman

The collection of classical gems at Lewes House in Sussex belonging to Edward Perry Warren (1860-1928) was one of the finest of its day, containing many masterpieces, not least the signed gem by Dexamenos shown on the dust-jacket below.

John Beazley's publication of 1920 was a landmark in gem studies for its attention to detail and deep scholarly appraisal of each piece. His text is repeated here, its references updated, with new and enlarged photographs of impressions of each piece. It is a monument to both sublime scholarship and an unrivalled collection. The Lewes House gems were acquired for the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston from Warren, an old Bostonian.

John Boardman, who has edited the text of The Lewes House Collection of Ancient Gems, is Emeritus Professor of Classical Archaeology and Art at the University of Oxford. He has published widely on various aspects of Greek art and archaeology; his Greek Gems and Finger Rings was reissued in 2001 in an enlarged edition.

Cornelius C. Vermeule III, who contributes an appraisal of Warren and his collecting, is Emeritus Curator of Classical Art in the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.

Mary B. Comstock, Curator in the Classical Department of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, has compiled lists of new references to each gem.

Robert L. Wilkins is Photographer at the Institute of Archaeology, University of Oxford.

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