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Unraveling the Meaning of Mosaics
Mosaics as History: The Near East from Late Antiquity to Islam
G.W. Bowersock
(Cambridge, MA: The Belknap Press, 2006), 146 pp., 50 illus., $22.95 (hardcover)
Reviewed by Robin Jensen
Based on a series of lectures delivered at the Collège de Paris in 1997, this small gem of a book offers new insights on some of the most beautiful and interesting artifacts of Late Antique culture: the mosaic pavements of the Near East that date from the fifth and sixth centuries. Readers at all levels of expertise will appreciate this well-illustrated and clearly written work, and its reasonable price will put it in range of both beginning and advanced students of art history, religion, ancient history and classics.

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