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Poseidon and the SeaMyth, Cult, and Daily Life

Published by GILES in association with the Tampa Museum of Art

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Published — (UK and USA)

Dimensions — 200 pages, 279 x 216 mm, (8½ x 11 in)

Illustrations — 210 colour

Format — Hardback

Price — UK£32.50/US$49.95

ISBN — 978-1-907804-30-4

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            —  Poseidon and the Sea opens February 8

Sales Points

"Rich with mythological and historical information"—Lisa W. Gastrell, Classical Journal

"Handsome photographs and illustrations"—Lennie Bennett, Tampa Bay Times

The first major exploration of the role and presentation of the Greek god Poseidon in his various manifestations across the ancient Mediterranean world.

About the Book

This highly illustrated volume features over 50 objects from Tampa Museum of Art’s world class collection of ancient Greek, Roman and Etruscan antiquities, including their stunning near-life size statue of Poseidon, dating from the 1st century AD. There are also over 50 pieces of sculpture, pottery, glass and metalwork from other significant collections, including the J. Paul Getty Museum, the Michael C. Carlos Museum in Atlanta and the Museo Nazionale Archeologico, Florence.

Six essays by leading specialists examine the cult and worship of Poseidon and the myths surrounding him, (he was the god of the seas, earthquakes and horses), as well as the significance of the sea and seafaring in everyday life. From sailboats and warships, to dolphins and squids, allusions to the sea are integral to ancient art. Through a comparison of archaeological and scientific finds with selected examples of sculpture, pottery, glass and metalwork, this volume recreates many of the seatraded products of the ancient world, as well as details of trading routes, and of ship design and construction. There is a fascinating section on fish, fishing and seafood as well as a technical study of the Getty’s colossal bronze trident, dating from the 4th century BC. The book includes a full checklist of all 120 objects featured, with entries, a map, chronology and a glossary.

About the Author(s)

Curated and Edited by Seth D. Pevnick, chief curator and Richard E. Perry Curator of Greek and Roman Art, Tampa Museum of Art. Contributions by Robert I. Curtis, professor emeritus, Department of Classics, University of Georgia; Nancy T. de Grummond, Lynette Thompson Professor of Classics and Distinguished Research Professor at Florida State University; Angeliki Kokkinou, who works in the Department of Education in The Acropolis Museum in Athens and has been a fellow of the American School of Classical Studies at Athens; Jeffery Maish, associate conservator of antiquities at the J. Paul Getty Museum; William M. Murray, Mary and Gus Stathis Professor of Greek History at the University of South Florida, Tampa; Seth D. Pevnick and Erika Simon who is a German scholar of classical archaeology and professor emeritus of the University of Würzburg.