Classical Archaeology / Edition 2

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The fully revised second edition of this successful volume includes updates on the latest archaeological research in all chapters, and two new essays on Greek and Roman art. It retains its unique, paired essay format, as well as key contributions from leading archaeologists and historians of the classical world.

  • 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
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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)

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Meet the Author

Susan E. Alcock is Director of the Joukowsky Institute for Archaeology and the Ancient World and Professor of Classics, Anthropology and Archaeology 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 (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).

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Table of Contents

List of Figures ix

Notes on Contributors xv

Introduction 1
Robin Osborne and Susan E. Alcock

1 What is Classical Archaeology? 11

Introduction 11

(a) Greek Archaeology 13
Anthony Snodgrass

(b) Roman Archaeology 30
Martin Millett

2 Doing Archaeology in the Classical Lands 51

Introduction 51

(a) The Greek World 53
Jack L. Davis

(b) The Roman World 71
Henry Hurst

3 Human Ecology and the Classical Landscape 91

Introduction 91

The Greek and Roman Worlds 93
Lin Foxhall, Martin Jones and Hamish Forbes

4 The Essential Countryside 122

Introduction 122

(a) The Greek World 124
Susan E. Alcock

(b) The Roman World 144
Nicola Terrenato

5 Urban Spaces and Central Places 168

Introduction 168

(a) The Greek World 170
Tonio Hölscher

(b) The Roman World 187
Nicholas Purcell

6 Housing and Households 207

Introduction 207

(a) The Greek World 209
Lisa Nevett

(b) The Roman World 228
Bettina Bergmann

7 Cult and Ritual 249

Introduction 249

(a) The Greek World 251
Robin Osborne

(b) The Roman World 268
Christopher Smith

8 The Personal and the Political 293

Introduction 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

Introduction 348

(a) The Greek World 350
Jonathan M. Hall

(b) The Roman World 368
Andrew Wallace-Hadrill

10 Linking with a Wider World 394

Introduction 394

(a) Greeks and “Barbarians” 396
Sarah P. Morris

(b) Romans and “Barbarians” 415
Jane Webster

11 A Place for Art? 439

Introduction 439

(a) Putting the Art into Artifact 442
Caroline Vout

(b) Classical Archaeology and the Contexts of Art History 468
Michael Squire

Prospective 501
Susan E. Alcock and Robin Osborne

Index 506

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