In Pursuit of Ancient Pasts: A History of Classical Archaeology in the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries

In Pursuit of Ancient Pasts: A History of Classical Archaeology in the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries

by Stephen L. Dyson
     
 

ISBN-10: 0300110979

ISBN-13: 9780300110975

Pub. Date: 10/15/2006

Publisher: Yale University Press

The stories behind the acquisition of ancient antiquities are often as important as those that tell of their creation. This fascinating book provides a comprehensive account of the history and development of classical archaeology, explaining how and why artifacts have moved from foreign soil to collections around the world.

As archaeologist Stephen Dyson shows,

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The stories behind the acquisition of ancient antiquities are often as important as those that tell of their creation. This fascinating book provides a comprehensive account of the history and development of classical archaeology, explaining how and why artifacts have moved from foreign soil to collections around the world.

As archaeologist Stephen Dyson shows, Greek and Roman archaeological study was closely intertwined with ideas about class and social structure; the rise of nationalism and later political ideologies such as fascism; and the physical and cultural development of most of the important art museums in Europe and the United States, whose prestige depended on their creation of collections of classical art. Accompanied by a discussion of the history of each of the major national traditions and their significant figures, this lively book shows how classical archaeology has influenced attitudes about areas as wide-ranging as tourism, nationalism, the role of the museum, and historicism in nineteenth- and twentieth-century art.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780300110975
Publisher:
Yale University Press
Publication date:
10/15/2006
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
336
Product dimensions:
6.40(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.10(d)

Table of Contents

Contents

Preface....................ix
Acknowledgments....................xv
Chapter 1. The Protohistory of Classical Archaeology....................1
Chapter 2. The Foundations of Classical Archaeology....................20
Chapter 3. The Opening of Greece....................65
Chapter 4. Nationalism and National Traditions Before the Great War....................86
Chapter 5. The Emergence of the Great Museums in Europe and America....................133
Chapter 6. Political Ideology and Colonial Opportunism During the Interwar Period....................172
Chapter 7. After World War II: Capitalism, Corporatism, and Marxism....................214
Afterword....................249
Notes....................255
Bibliography....................279
Index....................305

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