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Title: The ancient mural paintings from the Eastern region of Libya (Cyrenaica), with special reference to the painted tombs in the North and West Necropolis of Cyrene
Author: Hussein, Adam Gabriel
ISNI:       0000 0004 2727 1417
Awarding Body: University of Birmingham
Current Institution: University of Birmingham
Date of Award: 2000
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This study describesa nd analyses the painted murals contained within selected ancient tombs in the Eastern region of Libya (Cyrenaica), with particular reference to tombs in the North and West Necropolises of Cyrene. Chapter One outlines the purpose of the study, and describes the geography and history of the area, including a summary of earlier expeditions to the tombs, and of descriptions of the murals and architecture. The reasons for selecting the particular sites are discussed, and the next three chapters are analytical studies of the individual murals, including their location, (approximate) dating, detailed descriptions of the exterior and interior, and comparison with earlier descriptions. Chapter Two deals with the tombs from the Hellenistic period. Chapter Three discusses two Roman tombs, and, briefly, the painted tomb at Tocra described by Porcher. Chapter Four discusses Later Roman and Christian-influenced murals in tombs and in the cavern at Kedra, and important features of a Hellenistic tomb that was re-used during the Roman period. Two painted tombs outside the area of Cyrene are also discussed. The fifth and final chapter gives an overview of the entire thesis, discusses the key points, and sets the Libyan material in its ancient context. This study is a detailed account of the wall murals and decorative features. It highlights their value, and the contribution they make to the study of past culture and history in Cyrenaica, and hopes to raise awareness of the need to preserve these valuable historical paintings.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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