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History Lost: Exhibition Catalogue

A copy of the exhibition catalogue for the History Lost exhibition (text by Neil Brodie and Andreas Apostolidis) has arrived.

This all-colour catalogue provides a historical overview of looting (including the sculptures from temple of Aphaia on Aegina) as well as a series of post-1970 cases studies. Among them is a section on "Looting in Cyprus" with a list (and map) of 100 looted sites on the island. The feature includes the 159 silver coins returned to Cyprus from Italy in 2003. (See how this is still a contemporary issue.)

For Greece there are sections on the Aidonia Treasure and the Corinth Museum theft. There are short entries on recent returns including the Saarbrücken bronze youth, the Apollo Lykeios from Gortyn, as well as material from the J. Paul Getty Museum (a Boeotian stele, a gold wreath, a marble kore).

There is a short illustrated section on Iraq, and a reconstruction of the Weary Herakles.

Copies are available from Anemon Productions in Athens. (Also available in Greek, Italian and Portuguese.)

Comments

DR.KWAME OPOKU said…
I AM VERY GRATEFUL FOR THIS PIECE OF INFORMATION. CAN WE HAVE MORE OFTEN THIS TYPE OF INDICATION SINCE SOME OF US ARE VERY FAR FROM THE MAIN CENTERS OF INFORMATION?
DR.KWAME OPOKU
David Gill said…
Books that are useful can be found on this WorldCat list.

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