Cultural Responses to the Volcanic Landscape

Cultural Responses to the Volcanic Landscape : The Mediterranean and Beyond

By (author) Miriam Balmuth , By (author) D.K. Chester , By (author) Patricia A. Johnston


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This book is the result of two interdisciplinary symposia held by a group of volcanologists, engineers, Near Eastern and Classical philologists, and Old and New World archaeologists, in Naples, Italy and Medford, Massachusetts. Contributors to the nineteen chapters examine the complex problems that can arise in volcanic environments and the various ways in which societies respond. These studies cross barriers among the volcanological, geological, antiquarian, and archaeological perspectives in studying such topics as risk assessment, responses in prehistoric and historic times, and representations in ancient literature.

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  • Paperback | 250 pages
  • 152.4 x 226.1 x 25.4mm | 567g
  • 28 Feb 2006
  • Archaeological Institute of America
  • Boston, Massachusetts
  • English
  • 64 b/w figs, 11 tbs
  • 1931909067
  • 9781931909068
  • 2,027,702

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Miriam S Balmuth is Research Professor in Classical Archaeology and Numismatics at Tufts University. David K Chester is a Lecturer in the Department of Geography at Liverpool University. Patricia A Johnston is Professor of Classical Mythology, Greek, and Latin at Brandeis University.

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this book is to be welcomed; it is to be hoped that it will set a standard for interdisciplinary studies' -- Margaret L Faull Landscape History 2006 a nice collection of edited papers that discuss the many aspects of living with volcanoes, their advantages and disadvantages, today and in antiquity.' -- Floyd W. McCoy American Journal Of Archaeology Jan 2008 The authors of Cultural Responses to the Volcanic Landscape have compiled a useful collection of research related to many fields and directed to a wide audience of scientists and students in archaeology, volcanology, history and Mediterranean studies. [...] provides invaluable information of interest to professionals and general readers alike.' -- Moshe Inbar The Holocene 2007

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