By Michael Rostovtzeff
2006 REPRINT. 4to. xv, , 260 p. front., illus. (incl. plans), plates, fold. map. Oxford, Clarendon Press, 1922. As a dissenter from Bolshevism after the Russian Revolution, he fled to England. After instructing at Oxford for under years, he moved to Madison, Wisconsin, in the USA in 1920, have been he taught on the college of Wisconsin. whereas at Wisconsin, he wrote probably the most very important works of intercultural historical past of antiquity, Iranians and Greeks in South Russia, 1922. The paintings examines the Scythians and their interchange with the Greeks. His classes ranged as a long way afield as Russian architectural heritage and his mid-western undergraduates, not able to pronounce his named, referred to him as "Rough Stuff" a connection with his excessive criteria up to his ethnicity. In 1925 he was once appointed Sterling Professor of old historical past and Archaeology at Yale collage. His best-known paintings, The Social and monetary historical past of the Roman Empire seemed in 1926. Rostovtzeff's histories derive from his huge ranging assets, epigraphic, stylistic, literary and cultural. The Encyclopedia of the historical past of Classical Archaeology termed him "one of the main unique and profound classical students of the 1st half the 20 th century." J. Rufus Fears compares him to Mommsen and (Eduard) Meyer in his leading edge technique and breadth of data. His scholarship, as C. Bradford Welles writes, used to be exacting in addition to daring.
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Ill, 1-2) has the usual shape of the Maikop vases ovoid body, wide neck, no foot, two handles nailed to the neck for suspension. The engraved on the neck is represented decoration (fig. 2) is disposed as follows a chain of mountains, interrupted by two spreading trees. Between the the trees, a bear is standing on his hind legs to reach the fruit rivers are two fruit is not indicated. On the body of the vase flowing from the mountains and meeting in a sea or lake which occupies the bottom of the vase.
But we cannot expect to find such objects in great numbers. The steppes had nothing to offer in exchange for precious articles. The time had not yet come when the corn, the fish, and the leather of South Russia found a certain and permanent market in countries which abounded in gold, silver, copper, and iron. The conditions in the valley of the Kuban were very different. — The Kuban valley, rich in natural produce, always served as a granary mountainous and alpine regions of Central Caucasus, which had plenty of fruit but were poor in cereals.
The only parallels are furnished by Elamitic and by one or two Sumerian monuments especially Elamitic seals, and seal-impressions on proto-Elamitic tablets. Very curious, the wild ass or Przhevalski's horse, the oldest representation of a horse on monuments. The animal on the Maikop vase is cera glance at the rows of asses on Egyptian palettes tainly not an ass makes that clear. The only counterpart to our animal is the probably contemporary figure on an ivory plaque from Susa. The likeness is the same muscular body and expressive head, the same conspicuous treatment of the mane and tail by means of straight lines.