The Lure of Gold: An Artistic and Cultural History

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The dazzlingly illustrated story of how the world's most beautiful element has influenced the art, economy, and society of every civilization. When Hesiod, the Greek poet of the eighth century B.C., recounted the history of the world as he understood it, he described the legendary first generation of mortal men, who lived in peace and ease, as the "people of gold." Nearly three millennia later, we still refer to a particularly happy or prosperous era as a "golden age." The reason Hesiod's metaphor translates so perfectly ...

The Lure of Gold: An Artistic and Cultural History 2006, Abbeville Press, New York, NY

ISBN-13: 9780789209009

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