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The World between Empires: A Picture Album

The World between Empires: A Picture Album

Fowlkes-Childs, Blair and Michael Seymour
48 pages
35 illustrations
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The World between Empires: A Picture Album presents an introduction to the art and culture of the Middle East in the years 100 B.C.–A.D. 250, a time marked by the struggle for control by the Roman and Parthian Empires. Adapted from the exhibition catalogue, this picture album illustrates the cultural histories of the cities along the great incense and silk routes that connected southwestern Arabia, Nabataea, Judaea, Syria, and Mesopotamia. Twenty-eight carefully selected objects and an informative text provide a fascinating primer to the themes discussed in the catalogue and exhibition. This beautifully illustrated album will inspire reflection about ancient empires long after the reader has visited the galleries.

Glass hexagonal amphoriskos, Glass, Roman
1st half of 1st century CE
Lead coffin and lid, Lead, Roman
late 2nd–mid-3rd century CE
Funerary relief, Limestone
ca. 2nd–3rd century CE
Door lintel with lion-griffins and vase with lotus leaf, Limestone, Parthian
ca. 2nd–early 3rd century CE
Silver drachm, Silver, Parthian
ca. 121–91 BCE
Gold aureus of Augustus, Gold, Roman
20–19 BCE
Tessera, Ceramic
ca. 1st–2nd century A.D
Figure of a reclining woman, Alabaster (gypsum), Parthian
ca. 2nd century BCE–2nd century CE

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Fowlkes, Blair, and Michael Seymour. 2019. The World between Empires: A Picture Album. New York: Metropolitan Museum of Art.