Classical Archaeology

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This sophisticated volume, authored by leading archaeologists and historians of the classical world, is designed to encourage critical thinking about the role of ancient material culture in modern times and the role of modern preoccupations in shaping the study of ancient material.* Comprised of paired essays - one covering the Greek world, the other, the Roman - that stimulate a dialogue not only between the two ancient cultures, but between scholars with different historiographic and methodological traditions* Encourages the teaching of thematic courses that cross over the Greek/Roman divide* Includes maps, chronologies, diagrams, photographs, and short editorial introductions to each chapter

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  • Paperback | 464 pages
  • 170.2 x 243.8 x 27.9mm | 793.8g
  • John Wiley and Sons Ltd
  • Wiley-Blackwell (an imprint of John Wiley & Sons Ltd)
  • Chicester, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 88
  • 0631234195
  • 9780631234197
  • 422,510

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Classical archaeology has undergone profound change in recent years; new theoretical positions and the development of cutting-edge methodologies have prompted classical archaeologists to pose more challenging questions of the extraordinarily rich data we possess from the ancient Mediterranean world. "Classical Archaeology" is designed to encourage further critical thinking about the role of ancient material culture in modern times and the role of modern preoccupations in shaping the study of ancient material. Authored by leading archaeologists and historians of the classical world, "Classical Archaeology" contains thematic pairs of essays (each pair comprised of one essay from the Greek world and one from the Roman) that explore ideas such as the ancient environment, rural landscape, urban spaces, cults and rituals, identity and its material expression, and Mediterranean links with a wider world. Maps, chronologies, diagrams, photographs, and short editorial introductions to each chapter connect the paired essays and provide the reader with vital background and context. These features, as well as the editors' comprehensive introduction and their final reflective chapter, make "Classical Archaeology" indispensable to all students of classical Greece and Rome.

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"This is certainly a book for the departmental library, where it will be an important work of reference on current thinking in classical archaeology." (American Journal of Archaeology, April 2009) "The book succeeds magnificently in introducing interested readers to what is most intellectually exciting about Classical Archaeology at present." (Cambridge Archaeological Journal, October 2008) "The editors have succeeded in producing a book which clearly defines Classical Archaeology and summarises the great theoretical and methodological changes which have marked the field in recent years ... This book should be indispensable for university libraries and achieves a considerable amount for its very reasonable price." (Journal of Classics Teaching) "The subject's extraordinary range is treated well in all sections, which provide valuable insights ... .This is a thorough research guide. Highly recommended." (Choice) "The editors deserve praise for the inspiring composition and the general idea of this book." (Bryn Mawr Classical Review)

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About Susan E. Alcock

Susan E. Alcock is Director of the Institute for Archaeology and the Ancient World and Professor of Classics at Brown University. Her recent books include Archaeologies of the Greek Past: Landscape, Monuments and Memory (2001) and Side-by-Side Survey: Comparative Regional Analysis in the Mediterranean Region (with John F. Cherry, 2004). Robin Osborne is Professor of Ancient History at the University of Cambridge and Fellow of King's College. His recent books include Archaic and Classical Greek Art (with P. J. Rhodes, 1998), Greek Historical Inscriptions from the end of the Peloponnesian War to the death of Alexander (2003), and Greek History (2004).

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Table of contents

List of Figures. List of Contributors. Introduction: Robin Osborne (University of Cambridge) and Susan E. Alcock (Brown University). 1. What is Classical Archaeology?. Introduction. (a) Greek Archaeology: Anthony Snodgrass (University of Cambridge). (b) Roman Archaeology: Martin Millett (University of Cambridge). 2. Doing Archaeology in the Classical Lands. Introduction. (a) The Greek World: Jack Davis (University of Cincinnati). (b) The Roman World: Henry Hurst (University of Cambridge). 3. Human Ecology and the Classical Landscape. Introduction. Greek and Roman Worlds: Lin Foxhall (University of Leicester ), Martin Jones (University of Cambridge) and Hamish Forbes (University of Nottingham). 4. The Essential Countryside. Introduction. (a) The Greek World: Susan E. Alcock (Brown University). (b) The Roman World: Nicola Terrenato (University of Michigan, Ann Arbor). 5. Urban Spaces and Central Places. Introduction. (a) The Greek World: Tonio Holscher (University of Heidelberg). (b) The Roman World: Nicholas Purcell (University of Oxford). 6. Housing and Households. Introduction. (a) The Greek World: Lisa Nevett (University of Michigan, Ann Arbor). (b) The Roman World: Bettina Bergmann (Mount Holyoke College). 7. Cult and Ritual. Introduction. (a) The Greek World: Robin Osborne (University of Cambridge). (b) The Roman World: Christopher Smith (University of St Andrews). 8. The Personal and the Political. Introduction. (a) The Greek World: John F. Cherry (Brown University). (b) The Roman World: Penelope J. E. Davies (University of Texas, Austin). 9. The Creation and Expression of Identity. Introduction. (a) The Greek World: Jonathan M. Hall (University of Chicago). (b) The Roman World: Andrew Wallace-Hadrill (British School at Rome). 10. Linking with a Wider World. Introduction. (a) Greek and 'Barbarians': Sarah P. Morris (University of California, Los Angeles). (b) Romans and 'Barbarians': Jane Webster (University of Newcastle-upon-Tyne). Prospective: Susan E. Alcock (Brown University) and Robin Osborne (University of Cambridge). Index

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