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    DescriptionItaly's Lost Greece is the untold story of the modern engagement with the ancient Greek settlements of South Italy-an area known since antiquity as Magna Graecia. This "Greater Greece," at once Greek and Italian, has continuously been perceived as a region in decline since its archaic golden age, and has long been relegated to the margins of classical studies. Giovanna Ceserani's evocative and nuanced analysis recovers its significance within the history of classical archaeology. It was here that the Renaissance first encountered an ancient Greek landscape, and during the "Hellenic turn" of eighteenth-century Europe the temples of Paestum and the painted vases of South Italy played major roles, but since then, Magna Graecia-lying outside the national boundaries of modern Greece, and sharing in the complicated regional dynamic of the Italian Mezzogiorno-has fitted awkwardly into the commonly accepted paradigms of Hellenism. The unfolding of this process provides a unique insight into three developments: the humanist investment in the ancient past, the evolution of modern Hellenism, and the making of classical archaeology. Drawing on antiquarian and archaeological writings, histories and travelogues about Magna Graecia, and recent rewritings of the history and imagining of the South, Italy's Lost Greece sheds new light on well known figures in the history of archaeology while recovering forgotten ones. This is an Italian story of European resonance, which transforms our understanding of the transition from antiquarianism to archaeology, of the relationship between nation-making and institution-building in the study of the ancient past, and of the reconstruction of classical Greece in the modern world.


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    Title
    Italy's Lost Greece
    Subtitle
    Magna Graecia and the Making of Modern Archaeology
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Giovanna Ceserani
    Physical properties
    Format: Hardback
    Number of pages: 348
    Width: 168 mm
    Height: 239 mm
    Thickness: 33 mm
    Weight: 590 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780199744275
    ISBN 10: 0199744270
    Classifications

    B&T Book Type: NF
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T5.5
    BIC E4L: HIS
    BIC geographical qualifier V2: 1QDAR
    B&T Modifier: Region of Publication: 01
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    Libri: I-HP
    Ingram Theme: CULT/ITALY
    Ingram Subject Code: HP
    BIC subject category V2: HDDK
    B&T General Subject: 431
    BISAC V2.8: SOC003000
    Ingram Theme: CHRN/ANCIEN
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    DC22: 938
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 15830
    BIC subject category V2: HBLA1
    BISAC V2.8: HIS002020
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 02
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    B&T Merchandise Category: UP
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    BIC subject category V2: 1QDAR, 1QDAG
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    LC classification: DG55.M3 C48 2012
    BISAC region code: 1.5.3.0.0.0.0
    Ingram Theme: INDS/CLASSI
    Thema V1.0: AGA, NHC, NKD
    Thema geographical qualifier V1.0: 1QBAG, 1QBAR, 1QBA
    Edition statement
    New ed.
    Illustrations note
    Illustrations, map
    Publisher
    Oxford University Press Inc
    Imprint name
    Oxford University Press Inc
    Publication date
    01 March 2012
    Publication City/Country
    New York
    Author Information
    Giovanna Ceserani is Assistant Professor in the Classics Department, and, by courtesy, History Department, Stanford University.
    Review quote
    Compelling ... Ceseranias volume breaks new ground in its breadth of focus. Edward Herring, Journal of Roman Studies a most valuable addition to the literature on reception. Madeleine Hummler, Antiquity This is a very important and stimulating study that should reach a very wide audience. Hermathena No. 191
    Table of contents
    INTRODUCTION ; 1. Discoveries and Rediscoveries ; 2. Between Classical and Marginal ; 3. Individuals and Institutions ; 4. Of Nations and Scholars ; 5. Culture and Excavation ; BIBLIOGRAPHY ; INDEX