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Archaeology as Cultural History: Words and Things in Iron Age Greece

Archaeology as Cultural History: Words and Things in Iron Age Greece

Ian Morris

ISBN: 978-0-631-19602-0

Jan 1991, Wiley-Blackwell

376 pages

Select type: Paperback

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This book shows the reader how much archaeologists can learn from recent developments in cultural history.
List of Illustrations.

Preface and Acknowledgements.

Journal Abbreviations.

Part I:.

1. Archaeology as Cultural History.

Part II:.

2. Archaeologies of Greece.

3. Inventing a Dark Age.

Part III:.

4. Equality for Men.

5. Antithetical Cultures.

Part IV:.

6. The Past, the East, and the Hero of Lefkandi.

7. Rethinking Time and Space.

Part V:.

8. Conclusions.




"... [a] new and appealing addition to the debates about 'what is archaeology'... Morris comes to interesting conclusions about how the Greeks, defining their relationship to a 'better' past and an alien but enticing 'East,' controlled their environment and constructed a domestic and political space requiring slavery and sharp gender distinctions." CHOICE <!--end-->

"Ian Morris' new book is a blast of fresh air ..." Journal of Hellenic Studies

"The way in which he ha sintegrated the archaeology is masterful ..." Antiquity

  • Crosses the boundaries between history, classical studies and archaeology.

  • Shows students and scholars of archaeology what they can learn from text-aided cultural history.

  • Challenges the ways in which traditional archaeologists and historians have written about Greece discusses issues of current debate including gender, class and ethnicity.