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An expression applied to certain phases of Etruscan, Greek, Hellenistic, and Roman art when they appear to adopt stylistic traits characteristic of the near east. Examples include the influence of Phoenician and Cypriot silverware on Etruscan metalwork and pottery, or that of eastern textiles on the decoration of Greek Geometric and Archaic vessels; the ‘Achaemenidizing’ character of some of the architectural details of Hadrian's Villa at Tibur, which are probably dependent on Persian booty won by Alexander 2 the Great.

Subjects: Classical Studies.

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