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The Archaeology of Ancient Greece

The Archaeology of Ancient Greece


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  • Author: James Whitley, School of History and Archaeology, University of Wales College of Cardiff
  • Date Published: October 2001
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521627337

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  • The Archaeology of Ancient Greece provides a synthesis of research on the material culture of Greece in the Archaic and Classical periods (1000–300 BC). The rich and diverse material culture of ancient Greece has always provoked admiration and even wonder, but it is seldom analysed as a key to our understanding of Greek civilisation. Dr Whitley shows how the material evidence can be used to address central historical questions for which literary evidence is often insufficient. He also situates Greek art within the broader field of Greek material culture, providing an historically more accurate perspective on both. This is a significant contribution to the integration of archaeological and art historical evidence.

    • Examines Greek art within the context of Greek material culture
    • Informed by general theoretical debates in archaeology
    • Provides an up-to-date synthesis of the material and recent literature
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    • Winner of the Runciman Prize 2002

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    '… a magisterial survey of the current state of Greek archaeology …'. The Anglo-Hellenic Review

    '… deserves the attention of us all … an excellent account of what the discipline is, where it has been, and where it is now'. Bryn Mawr Classical Review

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    Product details

    • Date Published: October 2001
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521627337
    • length: 512 pages
    • dimensions: 244 x 170 x 26 mm
    • weight: 0.91kg
    • contains: 133 b/w illus. 40 maps 1 table
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Part I. Approaches to Greek Archaeology:
    1. Introduction: classical archaeology and its objects
    2. Great traditions: classical scholarship and classical archaeology
    3. Modern archaeologies of Greece
    4. Chronology and terminology
    Part II. Archaic Greece:
    5. Archaic Greece, 1000–700 BC
    6. The Aegean, the Levant and the West: the orientalising phenomenon
    7. Gods, heroes and sacred places
    8. The city, the state and the Polis
    9. Art, narrative and monumentality
    10. Regional archaeologies
    Part III. Classical Greece:
    11. Defining the classical: classical art
    12. Cities and sanctuaries of Classical Greece
    13. The archaeology of democracy: Classical Athens
    14. Beyond the Polis: the countryside of Classical Greece
    15. Epilogue: towards Hellenistic archaeology.

  • Instructors have used or reviewed this title for the following courses

    • Archaeology of the Ancient World
    • Classical Period in Greece
    • Classical Studies in Greece
    • Greek Archaeology
    • Greek Art and Archaeology
    • The Ancient World: Greece
    • The World of Greece
  • Author

    James Whitley, School of History and Archaeology, University of Wales College of Cardiff
    James Whitley is Lecturer in Mediterranean Archaeology, Cardiff University. He is the author of Style in Society in Dark Age Greece (1991).


    • Winner of the Runciman Prize 2002

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