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Great Moments in Greek Archaeology

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This beautifully illustrated book offers a wide-ranging overview of the greatest archaeological sites and discoveries from ancient Greece. The contributors--a veritable who's who of the most venerable names in Greek archaeology--include both those who have excavated at the sites in question and scholars who have spent a lifetime studying the monuments about which they write.
Presented here are the legendary sites of ancient Greece, including the Athenian Acropolis, Olympia, ...
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Overview


This beautifully illustrated book offers a wide-ranging overview of the greatest archaeological sites and discoveries from ancient Greece. The contributors--a veritable who's who of the most venerable names in Greek archaeology--include both those who have excavated at the sites in question and scholars who have spent a lifetime studying the monuments about which they write.
Presented here are the legendary sites of ancient Greece, including the Athenian Acropolis, Olympia, Delphi, Schliemann's Mycenae, and the Athenian Agora; the most iconic sculptures in the Greek world, such as the Aphrodite of Melos and the Nike of Samothrace; and several fascinating chapters on underwater archaeology discussing the Kyrenia and Uluburun shipwrecks and the astonishing bronze masterpieces raised from the sea. This is the first book to bring together the archaeological legacy of ancient Greece in a concise and accessible way while still preserving the excitement of discovery.
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Editorial Reviews

Steve Coates
Great Moments…does not purport to be a primer on the art it so gracefully showcases, or even, primarily, a comprehensive history of Greek archaeology. Instead, it gives prominent archaeologists an opportunity to tell their own stories of discovery to a general audience, in their own way. The result is an invigorating and congenial tour through the mainland and the islands…All these accounts are presented with many a human touch and everywhere a transparent love for Greece—the homeland of most of the essayists and where the original version of this volume was published.
—The New York Times
Library Journal

This magnificently illustrated book with essays by leading scholars-frequently the excavators themselves-tells the story of Greek archaeological discoveries, capturing the excitement and rendering details accessible to a wide audience. From the beginnings of archaeology in Greece following the Greek War of Independence in the 1820s to the present, from the restoration of the Acropolis, seized from the Turks after serving as a garrison, to the work of the French, German, British, and American schools, this overview covers the major sites, including the excavations at Kerameikos, Delos, Olympia, Mycenae, Delphi, Knossos, and prehistoric sites such as Sesklo and Diminian. Major sculptures discovered in the process (e.g. the Aphrodite of Melos) are described as well. The essays are complemented by excepts from contemporary memoirs, newspaper coverage, and well-captioned photographs of artifacts, workmen, excavators, and conservators. This is a beautifully conceived and executed work, with an excellent bibliography and image source information. It belongs in a wide range of libraries, from public to academic, as well as special collections in the history of Greece.
—Joan W. Gartland

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Meet the Author

Panos Valavanis is an associate professor of archaeology at the University of Athens and the author of Games and Sanctuaries in Ancient Greece.

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