Classical Archaeology, Second Edition
May 2012, ©2012, Wiley-Blackwell
- Second edition is updated and revised throughout, showcasing the latest research and fresh theoretical approaches in classical archaeology
- Includes brand new essays on ancient Greek and Roman art in a modern context
- Designed to encourage critical thinking about the interpretation of ancient material culture and the role of modern perceptions in shaping the study of art and archaeology
- Features paired essays – one covering the Greek world, the other, the Roman – to stimulate a dialogue not only between the two ancient cultures, but between scholars from different historiographic and methodological traditions
- Includes maps, chronologies, diagrams, photographs, and short editorial introductions to each chapter
Notes on Contributors xv
Robin Osborne and Susan E. Alcock
1 What is Classical Archaeology? 11
(a) Greek Archaeology 13
(b) Roman Archaeology 30
2 Doing Archaeology in the Classical Lands 51
(a) The Greek World 53
Jack L. Davis
(b) The Roman World 71
3 Human Ecology and the Classical Landscape 91
The Greek and Roman Worlds 93
Lin Foxhall, Martin Jones and Hamish Forbes
4 The Essential Countryside 122
(a) The Greek World 124
Susan E. Alcock
(b) The Roman World 144
5 Urban Spaces and Central Places 168
(a) The Greek World 170
(b) The Roman World 187
6 Housing and Households 207
(a) The Greek World 209
(b) The Roman World 228
7 Cult and Ritual 249
(a) The Greek World 251
(b) The Roman World 268
8 The Personal and the Political 293
(a) The Greek World 295
John F. Cherry
(b) The Roman World 316
Penelope J. E. Davies
9 The Creation and Expression of Identity 348
(a) The Greek World 350
Jonathan M. Hall
(b) The Roman World 368
10 Linking with a Wider World 394
(a) Greeks and “Barbarians” 396
Sarah P. Morris
(b) Romans and “Barbarians” 415
11 A Place for Art? 439
(a) Putting the Art into Artifact 442
(b) Classical Archaeology and the Contexts of Art History 468
Susan E. Alcock and Robin Osborne
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 (1998), Greek Historical Inscriptions 404–323 B.C. (with P. J. Rhodes, 2003), Greek History (2004), Athens and Athenian Democracy (2010) and The History Written on the Classical Greek Body (2011).
- Ian Morris, Stanford University
“This second edition builds on and improves the strengths of the first, adding crucial chapters on that central issue in Classical archaeology – namely art”
- James Whitley, Cardiff University
“To the question, ‘what is classical archaeology?’ this book provides a robust response: it is a discipline that is alive with new questions, new theories, and an ever-expanding corpus of material-cultural knowledge of the world of Greek and Roman antiquity.”
- R. Bruce Hitchner, Tufts University
“With essays by some of the leading lights of the discipline, revised to take account of the latest research, and expanded with two new essays on classical art, the second edition of Alcock and Osborne's Classical Archaeology offers the best introduction to the field for students and teachers alike.”
- Jeremy Tanner, University College London
“A star-studded volume that assures the Classical world its rightfully prominent place within world archaeology, while also satisfying those looking for a deeper interrogation of its past.”
- Cyprian Broodbank, University College London
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