How Ancient Europeans Saw the World

PDF EBook by Peter S. Wells

EBook Description

Europeans during the two millennia before Roman conquest had established urban centers, mass production of goods like pottery & download; iron tools, a money economy, elaborate rituals & ceremonies. How Ancient Europeans Saw the World PDF EBook Yet as Peter Wells argues, the visual world of these late prehistoric communities was very different from those of ancient Rome's literate civilization & today's industrialized societies. Drawing on research in neuroscience & cognitive psychology, he reconstructs how pre- PDFRoman Europeans saw the world & their place in it. He sheds light on how they communicated their thoughts, feelings & visual perceptions thru the everyday tools they shaped, the pottery & metal ornaments they decorated & the arrangements of objects they made in their ritual places—& how these forms & patterns in turn shaped their experience. "How Ancient Europeans Saw the World" offers a new approach to the study of Bronze & Iron Age Europe, challenging views about prehistoric cultures. It demonstrates why we cannot interpret the structures pre-Roman Europeans built in the landscape, the ways they arranged their settlements & burial sites, or the complex patterning of their art on the basis of how they look to us. Rather, we must view these objects & visual patterns as they were meant to be seen by those fashioning them.
List of Illustrations
Of monsters & flowers
Seeing & shaping objects
The visual worlds of early Europe
Frame, focus, visualization
Pottery: the visual ecology of the everyday
Attraction & enchantment: fibulae
Status & violence: swords & scabbards
Arranging spaces: objects in graves
Performances: objects & bodies in motion
New media in the late Iron Age: coins & writing
Changing patterns in objects & in perception
Contacts, commerce & the dynamics of new visual patterns
The visuality of objects, past & present
Bibliographic Essay
References Cited
Index Like this book? Read online this: Visual Space Perception and Action (Special Issues of Visual Cognition) (v. 11, issues 2,3), Big Buildings of the Ancient World.

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