Athens, Attica and the Megarid: An Archaeological Guide

Athens, Attica and the Megarid: An Archaeological Guide

Hardback Experiences of Archaeology

By (author) Hans Rupprecht Goette

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  • Publisher: ROUTLEDGE
  • Format: Hardback | 416 pages
  • Dimensions: 156mm x 234mm x 29mm | 952g
  • Publication date: 13 April 2001
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 041524370X
  • ISBN 13: 9780415243704
  • Edition: Revised
  • Edition statement: Rev and Updated Eng ed.
  • Illustrations note: 100 line drawings, 32 b&w photographs, glossary, bibliography

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This exciting new guide is the ideal companion to Greece if you are a traveller with historical and archaeological interests, as it combines practical information with impeccable scholarly research. Written by an expert on Greece's landscape and archaeology, the guide is unique in exploring a wide range of sites off the beaten track. It also tours all the best-known monuments and regions, from the Acropolis to Aegina, from Megara to Marathon and from Sounion to Salamis. Beautifully illustrated with over 200 plates, maps, plans and drawings, it includes: * precise descriptions of routes and individual sites * artistic, historical, social and political background * unprecedented coverage outside Athens * detailed exploration of the post-classical, Byzantine and post-Byzantine periods. Take it with you on your travels or read it at home; either way, you will gain a deeper appreciation and enjoyment of Greece's history and archaeology.

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'The great strength of this guidebook ... is the detail in relation to the well known sites ... and the inclusion of many more in the area ... This makes it an extremely useful work of reference.' - Minerva 'Purchase a copy for the school library ... and relive the real experiences which it enhanced.' - JACT Review

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IS THERE MORE TO THE ARCHAEOLOGY OF GREECE THAN THE ACROPOLIS?This authoritative, up-to-date guide shows that there is much more to see in Athens and the surrounding area than is often realised. Combining a practical, user-friendly format with the latest scholarly research, it is the ideal companion for the traveller with archaeological interests, as well as an invaluable resource for anyone studying the region and its archaeology.Beautifully illustrated with more than 200 photographs, maps, plans and drawings, the guide includes: - -- precise descriptions of how to get to the sites mentioned -- all personally checked by the author -- illuminating artistic, historical, social and political background information -- unprecedented coverage of numerous important but lesser-known sites, as well as all the most famous monuments -- detailed exploration of the post-classical, Byzantine and post-Byzantine periods -- an introduction to significant architectural features, including a helpful glossary -- a chronological list of sites and monuments, to help those interested in a specific period to plan their visit -- an introduction to the local flora and faunaAthens, Attica and the Megarid will give everyone who reads it a deeper understanding -- and enjoyment -- of these perennially fascinating areas of Greece.

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The archaeological treasures of Athens and the surrounding area are known throughout the world. Yet, until now, there has been no guidebook dedicated to exploring the numerous sites and monuments this fascinating region has to offer.Written by an expert on the landscape and archaeology of Greece, this exciting new guide combines practical information with the latest scholarly findings. It is therefore ideal both for the student or academic wanting to develop their understanding of these important centres of Greek history and culture, and for the traveller with archaeological and historical interests. The author has paid particular attention to the wide range of notable sites off the usual tourist routes, the very isolation of which means that they have been little explored even by archaeologists. All the best-known monuments and areas are also covered, from the Athenian Acropolis to Aigina, from Marathon to Megara, and from Sounion to Salamis.The precise descriptions and plentiful illustrations will not only help visitors to find their way around, but also provide invaluable artistic, historical, social and political context. For those who wish to concentrate on a particular period, or a specific category of art, the guide includes a useful chronology and index of all the places mentioned in the text.The guide is designed either to be taken with you on your travels or to be read at home. Whichever you choose, it will reveal that there is much more to the archaeology of Athens, Attica and the Megarid than you may have imagined.

Table of contents

Contents Forward Acknowledgements Information for the Reader Athens and Piraeus 1. Athens: a historical overview 2. The Acropolis 3. The slopes of the Acropolis and the Peripatos 4. The Areopagos, the Hill of the Nymphs, the Mouseion Hill with the Pnyx, the Philopappos Monument and the Kerameikos 5. The Greek Agora, the Roman Market, the Library of Hadrian and Monastiraki 6. Plaka, Olympieion, Ilissos Area, the First Cemetery and the Stadium of Herodes Atticus 7. The National Garden, main boulevards, National Museum, Lykabettos, Tourkovounia and the Academy at Kolonos Hippios 8. Piraeus and Daphni 9. Kaisariani and the monasteries and quarries on Hymettos Attica I: from Athens to Sounion and in the Mesogeia 1. Glyphada, Voula, Vouliagmeni, Vari and the southwest Attic coastal sites 2. From Anavyssos to Sounion 3. The Laurion, Thorikos, Porto Raphti and Brauron 4. The Mesogeia: Loutsa, Raphina, Spata, Markopoulo, Koropi and Paiania Attica II: the Plain of Marathon and the Battle of MArathon 490BC 2. The Marathon Area 3. Rhamnous 4. The Amphiareion of Oropos and Avlona Attica III: Pentelikon and Dionysos 2. Parnes with Phyle and Menidi 3. Eleusis 4. The Thriasian Plain The Megarid, the Attic Border Forts and Perachora 1. Megara 2. Alepochori and Vathichoria in the Megarian Hinterland 3. The Attic Border Forts: Aigosthenai, Eleutherai and Oinoe 4. The Isthmus of Corinth and Diolkos 5. Perachora The Islands of the Saronic Gulf: Salamis, Aigina and Poros 1. Salamis 2. Aigina 3. Poros Appendices 1. The Geography of Attica 2. The modern Structure: Administration and economy 3. The Flora 4. The Fauna 5. Some basic concepts of ancient architecture Glossary 6. Observations on Byzantine Church Building in Greece a) the Early Christian period (306-527) b) The Early Byzantine Period (527-843) c) The Middle Byzantine Period (843-1204) d) The Late Byzantine Period (1204-1460) e) the Post Byzantine Period (1460-1830) 7. List of the most important monuments in chronological order Index of Sites and Monuments Bibliography