Civilisations: How Do We Look / The Eye of Faith

Mary Beard


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Profile Books Ltd
4 July 2024
ISBN: 9781805222460
240 pages

From the publisher

An unmissable tour through art and time with the most renowned classicist of today, Mary BeardCompanion to the BBC series CIVILISATIONS

'The reigning Queen of Classics' Spectator

'Mary Beard is the best in the business' Dan Snow

'Excellent' Guardian

'Enthralling' Sunday Times

Britain's most famous classicist asks: what are civilisations?

Central to this huge question are the ways in which we have depicted the human and the divine from prehistory to the present day. And across such iconic creations as Angkor Wat, the Ravenna mosaics and China's terracotta army, one ancient representation of the human body still influences (or distorts) how people in the West see not only their own culture but that of others.

From idolatry to iconoclasm, Mary Beard shines her spotlight on the artists who made art, and on those who have used, viewed, or interpreted it - and asked how to look with the eye of faith.