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date: 30 September 2020

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This chapter focuses on the materials (for example, clay, stones, and metals) and techniques (such as mosaic and bronze casting) of art in ancient Greece and ancient Rome. It begins by considering the historiography of scholarly attention to the materials and techniques of artistic production in the ancient world, citing the treatises written by craftsmen and architects themselves, Greek papyri from Egypt, and Pliny the Elder’s encyclopedic Natural History. It then turns to a discussion of the three principal types of evidence obtained from literature, art history, and archaeology, along with some of their drawbacks and advantages.

Keywords: ancient Greece, ancient Rome, archaeology, art, art history, bronze casting, literature, materials, mosaic, techniques

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