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Wall Paintings Of The Hellenistic And Herodian Period In The Land Of Israel

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The Herodian style of decoration developed against the background of the Hellenistic style prevalent in the region. During the Hellenistic period, Palestine was a border state between the Ptolemaic and the Seleucid Kingdoms, alternately belonging to one or the other and influenced by the art both of the Oriental regions and of the Hellenistic world. Remains of buildings in different sites show the use of different stylesthe zone painted style, the incised style, and the relief style, all of them common in the Masonry style of painted decoration current in the Hellenistic centres, such as nearby Pergamon, Priene, Olynthos, and Alexandria. The Herodian-Roman examples, in contrast, are actually closest to the Second and Third Style, which originated in Italy, and it seems that the most important influences came from Rome.

Keywords: Hellenistic period; Herodian Period; Israel; wall paintings



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