Archaeologies of the Greek Past: Landscape, Monuments, and Memories (Paperback)
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Short Description for Archaeologies of the Greek Past This 2002 book explores social memory in the ancient Greek world using the evidence of landscapes and monuments.
- Published: 01 December 2002
- Format: Paperback 240 pages
- ISBN 13: 9780521890007 ISBN 10: 0521890004
- Sales rank: 1,217,942
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Social memory - the shared remembrances of group experience - creates shared identity, and provides people with both an image of their past and a design for their future. But how are we to conceive the memories of past peoples such as, for example, the ancient Greeks? This 2002 book makes a strong case for the use of archaeology, particularly the evidence of landscape and of monuments, to trace patterns in commemoration and forgetfulness. Three detailed case studies (early Roman Greece, Hellenistic and Roman Crete, and Messenia in Archaic to Hellenistic times) focus on societies undergoing different types of social transformation. Material evidence allows us to observe how groups responded to these challenges, and how they made different uses of the past, in the past.