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Classical Archaeology

Susan E. Alcock (Editor), Robin Osborne (Editor)
ISBN: 978-0-631-23418-0
464 pages
July 2007, Wiley-Blackwell
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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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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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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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  • 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

  • Authored by leading archaeologists and historians of the classical world

  • 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
See More
"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)

"This book engagingly introduces students of archaeology, ancient history and classics to current themes in the archaeology of the Greek and Roman world. Written by leading scholars, it will be invaluable to students and scholars alike."
James Whitley, Cardiff University & Director of The British School at Athens

"Classical Archaeology is an excellent introduction to how Greek and Roman archaeology has changed in the last twenty years, with chapters by many of the field's leading figures. A must-read."
Ian Morris, Stanford University

"Classical Archaeology demonstrates the enormous breadth and depth of the field in a series of investigative essays written by world experts, for all interested in Greek and Roman culture to imbibe and enjoy."
Alan Johnston, University College London

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