Classical Greece: Ancient Histories and Modern Archaeologies

Classical Greece: Ancient Histories and Modern Archaeologies

Paperback New Directions in Archaeology

Edited by Ian Morris, Series edited by Wendy Ashmore, Series edited by Francoise Audouze, Series edited by Cyprian Broodbank, Series edited by Tim Murray, Series edited by Lord Colin Renfrew, Series edited by Nathan Schlanger, Series edited by Andrew Sherratt, Series edited by Timothy Taylor, Series edited by Norman Yoffee

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  • Format: Paperback | 260 pages
  • Dimensions: 178mm x 244mm x 15mm | 454g
  • Publication date: 2 September 2003
  • Publication City/Country: Cambridge
  • ISBN 10: 0521456789
  • ISBN 13: 9780521456784
  • Edition statement: New.
  • Illustrations note: 40 b/w illus. 13 maps 13 tables
  • Sales rank: 1,664,874

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The archaeology of classical Greece developed in the shadow of Greek historical scholarship, and it has restricted itself too modestly to the study of individual artefacts. A wide variety of modern developments in archaeology have been neglected, and classical archaeology has become something of a backwater. The contributors to this book review the history of the field and aim to demonstrate that modern archaeological approaches can contribute to a richer understanding of Greek society. They also insist that this complex, literate and highly unusual system of states poses important questions for archaeologists of other regions.

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"As a cross section of current approaches to the classical past, this stimulating book belongs in undergraduate as well as graduate libraries." S. Langdon, Choice "The scholarship throughout is impressive; the bibliography alone is worth the price of the book." Rhys F. Townsend, Archaeological News

Table of contents

1. Introduction Ian Morris; Part I. History: 2. Archaeologies of Greece Ian Morris; Part II. Artefacts and Objects: 3. Protoattic pottery: a contextual approach James Whitley; 4. The riddle of the sphinx Herbert Hoffmann; 5. Looking on - Greek style. Does the sculpted girl speak to women too? Robin Osborne; Part III. Aretefacts as Traded Objects: 6. Pots Positivism and long-distance trade David Gill; 7. Athens, Etruria and Heuneburg: mutual misconceptions in the study of Greek-barbarian relations Karim Arafat, and Catherine Morgan; Part IV. Artefacts in the Landscape: 8. Intensive survey, agricultural practice and the classical landscape of Greece Susan Alcock, John Cherry, and Jack Davis; 9. Breaking up the Hellenistic world: survey and society Susan Alcock; Part V. Responses: 10. An historian's response Michael Jameson; 11. An archaeologist's response Anthony Snodgrass.