Classical Archaeology

Classical Archaeology

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by Susan E. Alcock
     
 

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Classical archaeology has undergone profound change in recent years; new theoretical approaches and the development of cutting-edge methodologies have prompted classical archaeologists to pose more challenging questions of the extraordinarily rich data we possess from the ancient Mediterranean world. Classical Archaeology is designed to encourage furtherSee more details below

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Classical archaeology has undergone profound change in recent years; new theoretical approaches and the development of cutting-edge methodologies have prompted classical archaeologists to pose more challenging questions of the extraordinarily rich data we possess from the ancient Mediterranean world. Classical Archaeology is designed to encourage further critical thinking about the role of ancient material culture in Greek and Roman societies, and the role of modern preoccupations in shaping the study of ancient material.

Authored by leading archaeologists and historians of the classical world, the fully-update second edition of Classical Archaeology contains thematic pairs of essays (each pair comprised of one essay from the Greek world and one from the Roman) that explore ideas such as the ancient environment, rural landscape, urban spaces, cults and rituals, identity and its material expression, and Mediterranean links with a wider world. Maps, chronologies, diagrams, photographs, and short editorial introductions to each chapter connect the paired essays and provide the reader with vital background and context. These features, as well as the editors’ comprehensive introduction and their final reflective chapter, make Classical Archaeology indispensable to all students of classical Greece and Rome.
New to second edition:

  • Updated and revised throughout, with additional illustrations
  • Includes brand new essays on Greek and Roman art

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"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)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781118255162
Publisher:
Wiley
Publication date:
03/14/2012
Series:
Wiley Blackwell Studies in Global Archaeology , #18
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
488
File size:
20 MB
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What People are saying about this

From the Publisher
“Sue Alcock and Robin Osborne's Classical Archaeology is already a classic in its own right, and this second edition keeps it up-to-date with the latest finds and ideas coming out of Mediterranean archaeology. The essays in this volume remain the best starting point for any student coming to the field.”
- 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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