Classical Archaeology / Edition 1

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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 Institute for Archaeology and the Ancient World and Professor of Classics 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 (with P. J. Rhodes, 1998), Greek Historical Inscriptions from the end of the Peloponnesian War to the death of Alexander (2003), and Greek History (2004).

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Table of Contents

List of Figures.

List of Contributors.

Introduction: Robin Osborne (University of Cambridge) and Susan E. Alcock (Brown University).

1. What is Classical Archaeology?.


(a) Greek Archaeology: Anthony Snodgrass (University of Cambridge).

(b) Roman Archaeology: Martin Millett (University of Cambridge).

2. Doing Archaeology in the Classical Lands.


(a) The Greek World: Jack Davis (University of Cincinnati).

(b) The Roman World: Henry Hurst (University of Cambridge).

3. Human Ecology and the Classical Landscape.


Greek and Roman Worlds: Lin Foxhall (University of Leicester ), Martin Jones (University of Cambridge) and Hamish Forbes (University of Nottingham).

4. The Essential Countryside.


(a) The Greek World: Susan E. Alcock (Brown University).

(b) The Roman World: Nicola Terrenato (University of Michigan, Ann Arbor).

5. Urban Spaces and Central Places.


(a) The Greek World: Tonio Hölscher (University of Heidelberg).

(b) The Roman World: Nicholas Purcell (University of Oxford).

6. Housing and Households.


(a) The Greek World: Lisa Nevett (University of Michigan, Ann Arbor).

(b) The Roman World: Bettina Bergmann (Mount Holyoke College).

7. Cult and Ritual.


(a) The Greek World: Robin Osborne (University of Cambridge).

(b) The Roman World: Christopher Smith (University of St Andrews).

8. The Personal and the Political.


(a) The Greek World: John F. Cherry (Brown University).

(b) The Roman World: Penelope J. E. Davies (University of Texas, Austin).

9. The Creation and Expression of Identity.


(a) The Greek World: Jonathan M. Hall (University of Chicago).

(b) The Roman World: Andrew Wallace-Hadrill (British School at Rome).

10. Linking with a Wider World.


(a) Greek and 'Barbarians': Sarah P. Morris (University of California, Los Angeles).

(b) Romans and 'Barbarians': Jane Webster (University of Newcastle-upon-Tyne).

Prospective: Susan E. Alcock (Brown University) and Robin Osborne (University of Cambridge).


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