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Spivey, Nigel Jonathan

Works: 92 works in 378 publications in 6 languages and 11,499 library holdings
Genres: History  Documentary television programs  Nonfiction films  Fiction  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Documentary films  Television programs  Educational films  Internet videos  Legends 
Roles: Author, Host, Author of screenplay, Speaker, Editor, Other, Narrator
Classifications: NB90, 709
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Most widely held works by Nigel Jonathan Spivey
The ancient Olympics by Nigel Jonathan Spivey( Book )

25 editions published between 2004 and 2012 in English and held by 1,449 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The word "athletics" is derived from the Greek verb "to struggle or to suffer for a prize." As Nigel Spivey reveals in this engaging account of the Olympics in ancient Greece, "suffer" is putting it mildly. Indeed, the Olympics were not so much a graceful display of Greek beauty as a war fought by other means. Nigel Spivey paints a portrait of the Greek Olympics as they really were--fierce contexts between bitter rivals, in which victors won kudos and rewards, and losers faced scorn and even assault. Victory was almost worth dying for, the author notes, and a number of athletes did just that. Many more resorted to cheating and bribery. Contested always bitterly and often bloodily, the ancient Olympics were no an idealistic celebration of unity, but a clash of military powers in an arena not far removed from the battlefield. The author explores what the events were, the rules for competitors, training and diet, the pervasiveness of cheating and bribery, the prizes on offer, the exclusion of "barbarians," and protocols on pederasty. He also peels back the mythology surrounding the games today and investigates where our current conception of the Olympics has come from and how the Greek notions of beauty and competitiveness have influenced our modern culture. As a Cambridge classicist and athletics coach, Nigel Spivey is uniquely qualified to write this eye-opening account of the Greek Olympics. Anyone interested in the ancient world or in the Olympic games will be fascinated by this revealing history
How art made the world by Mark Hedgecoe( Visual )

31 editions published between 2005 and 2012 in 4 languages and held by 1,332 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Reveals how the first big artistic discoveries were made and how they have cascaded down the centuries to define the look of the present day. Encompassing everything from cave paints to ceramics and pyramids to palaces, this film explores the global trend for unrealistic depictions of the human body; the secret powers of the feature film; how politicians manage to manipulate people so easily; visions of the afterlife; and why we use imagery at all
Etruscan art by Nigel Jonathan Spivey( Book )

13 editions published between 1997 and 2006 in English and held by 962 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Nigel Spivey's incisive book is the first critical survey of this elusive people for more than twenty years, bringing the Etruscan world to life in the light of the most recent discoveries and the latest scholarship."--Cover
Understanding Greek sculpture : ancient meanings, modern readings by Nigel Jonathan Spivey( Book )

19 editions published between 1992 and 1997 in English and held by 909 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Drawing on literary, historical and archaeological evidence, Nigel Spivey explains the techniques of the manufacture of Greek sculpture and traces its production from the eighth century BC to the Hellenistic period. In an eloquent text illustrated throughout with diverse examples, he explores the effects on sculpture of the demands of votive religion, the culture of heroes and the faith in deities in human form. He also looks at the causes of the "Greek Revolution" when sculptors discovered how to portray the human body naturalistically
Panorama of the classical world by Nigel Jonathan Spivey( Book )

29 editions published between 2004 and 2011 in 3 languages and held by 853 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The world of ancient Greece and Rome enthrals us as perhaps no other civilization can. The starting-point for everything we understand about philosophy, science, literature and art, it makes an extraordinary story in its own right. The more so in this completely fresh assessment by experts who have not only mastered the original sources but also drawn on the fascinating new approaches to Classical life and civilization that have been developed in recent decades." "Instead of the usual chronological approach, Nigel Spivey and Michael Squire have organized their subject thematically, analyzing the ideas and values that lie beneath the history. The story is illuminated by illustrations that go far beyond the familiar masterpieces, and range widely through time, genres, and geographical areas. Extra features include illustrated 'dictionaries' of Classical lives and mythology, a glossary, timeline, and map."--Jacket
How art made the world : a journey to the origins of human creativity by Nigel Jonathan Spivey( Book )

17 editions published between 2005 and 2008 in 3 languages and held by 801 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Describes when and how humans first acquired and then utilized symbolic representation and explores how art has been used throughout history as a means of mass persuasion
Looking at Greek vases by Tom Rasmussen( Book )

18 editions published between 1991 and 2009 in English and Greek, Modern and held by 796 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Songs on bronze : the Greek myths made real by Nigel Jonathan Spivey( Book )

12 editions published between 2005 and 2006 in English and held by 582 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The author presents a retelling of classic Greek mythology including dramatic versions of "Jason and the Argonauts," "The Travels of Odysseus," "The Wrath of Achilles," and much more
Enduring creation : art, pain, and fortitude by Nigel Jonathan Spivey( Book )

16 editions published between 2001 and 2004 in English and held by 542 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Enduring Creation reveals the amazing power of art to console, to warn, to prepare the viewer for the harsher experiences of life, raising intriguing questions: Can pain be beautiful? Do we always pity suffering? Are sainthood and sado-masochism linked? This compelling study concludes with a positive message of hope for the enduring human spirit."--Jacket
The Micali Painter and his followers by Nigel Jonathan Spivey( Book )

13 editions published between 1985 and 1987 in English and Undetermined and held by 313 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Etruscan Italy by Nigel Jonathan Spivey( Book )

12 editions published in 1990 in English and Undetermined and held by 252 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The art of persuasion by Morris Cyril Shumiatcher( Visual )

6 editions published between 2005 and 2009 in English and Spanish and held by 62 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Ventures back to the creation of Stonehenge and the reign of Alexander the Great to reveal how imagery became an indispensable weapon in every leader's political armoury
Songs on bronze the greek myths made real by Nigel Jonathan Spivey( Recording )

7 editions published between 2006 and 2009 in English and held by 60 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In bold, easily understood prose, he tells of Demeter and Persephone, of Prometheus' creation of humankind, of Jason and the Argonauts, of the wrath of Achilles and the travels of Odysseus, of Oedipus's crime and Orpheus's excursion into the Underworld. In his hands, these stories are revealed anew as outsize tales of love and strife, of secret compacts and open rivalries, and of the overwhelming power of Eros
Digging for Jesus twelve archaeological discoveries in the Holy Land( Visual )

3 editions published between 2005 and 2012 in English and held by 56 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Starting the programme at the Dead Sea Scrolls museum in Jerusalem the search for Jesus begins, going onto investigate places such as Sepphoris and Tiberias -- two cities built by Herod. For a carpenter and builder like Joseph and his son Jesus these places would have been the source of much work. Spectacular discoveries include a Roman style theatre, a massive underground aqueduct and the Dionysian mosaic. Among our other findings we also investigate The Galilee Boat - in January 1986 severe droughts caused a dramatic drop in the Sea of Galilee's water level. In the newly exposed shore the remains of a first century fishing boat was discovered. It could certainly hold 13 people. It is now usually called the "Jesus Boat". Will these archaeological discoveries, together with the New Testament and Josephus prove conclusively that Jesus lived and died? He was a son of man. Whether he was the Son of God is, of course, a matter of faith. Nonetheless, breathing new life into the quest for the historical Jesus this is a truly exhilarating study
Classical civilization : Greeks and Romans in 10 chapters by Nigel Jonathan Spivey( Book )

6 editions published between 2015 and 2016 in English and held by 51 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Cover; Welcome Page; Contents; Epigraph; Preface; Chapter I: Troy; Chapter II: Athens; Chapter III: Sparta; Chapter IV: Syracuse; Chapter V: Utopia; Chapter VI: Alexandria; Chapter VII: Pergamon; Chapter VIII: Rome; Chapter IX: Ephesus; Chapter X: Constantinople; Epilogue; List of Maps; Timeline; Further Reading; Index; About Classical Civilisation; Reviews; About Nigel Spivey; An Invitation from the Publisher; Copyright
Kings & queens the real dramas of Britain's greatest monarchs by Renaissance (Musical group)( Visual )

15 editions published between 2002 and 2005 in English and held by 49 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In a thousand years, the British monarchy has evolved from divinely appointed warrior kings to benign political figureheads. Among them are some of the most fascinating historical figures - conquerors, murderers, lovers and schemers. Their gripping stories - from Henry II's 'murder' of Thomas A'Beckett to George lll's loss of America- are at the heart of the nation's history. From this millennium of violence, romance, intrigue and controversy, Cambridge University's Dr Nigel Spivey tells the stories of twelve great kings and queens. At the scences of the decisive moments in British history, accompanied by dramatic reconstructions, he pieces together the incidents, battles and motivations that shaped their lives
The classical world : the foundations of the West and the enduring legacy of antiquity by Nigel Jonathan Spivey( Book )

1 edition published in 2016 in English and held by 18 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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The ancient Olympics
Alternative Names
Nigel Spivey britischer Klassischer Archäologe

Nigel Spivey British scholar

Nigel Spivey Brits kunsthistoricus

Spivey, N.J. 1958-

Spivey, Nigel

Spivey Nigel 1958-....

Spivey, Nigel J.

Spivey, Nigel J. 1958-

Spivey, Nigel Jonathan.

Spivey, Nigel Jonathan 1958-

스파이비, 나이즐 1958-

스피비, 나이즐 1958-

スパイヴィー, ナイジェル

How art made the worldEtruscan artUnderstanding Greek sculpture : ancient meanings, modern readingsPanorama of the classical worldHow art made the world : a journey to the origins of human creativityLooking at Greek vasesSongs on bronze : the Greek myths made realEnduring creation : art, pain, and fortitude