The Archaeology of Ancient Greece

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The Archaeology of Ancient Greece provides an up-to-date synthesis of current research on the material culture of Greece in the Archaic and Classical periods. Its rich and diverse material has always provoked admiration and even wonder, but it is seldom analyzed as a key to our understanding of Greek civilization. Dr. Whitley shows how the material evidence can be used to address central historical questions for which literary evidence is often insufficient, and he also situates Greek art within the broader field of Greek material culture.
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"It is an excellent account of what the discipline is, where it has been, and where it is now. Especially good is Whitley's tracking of the influences on the contemporary scene of science, structuralism, and the 'new' archeaology." Paul D. Scotton, University of Washington

"In this invaluable and long-needed book on Greek archaeology, Whitley begins with a discussion on the nature of classical art, then draws on his own expertise to present an outstanding account of the early development of Greek culture.... Accessible to a general archaeological readership, this book is essential for academic libraries, where it will become a standard sourcebook." Choice

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521622059
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 10/1/1901
  • Series: Cambridge World Archaeology Series
  • Pages: 512
  • Product dimensions: 6.85 (w) x 9.72 (h) x 1.14 (d)

Meet the Author

James Whitley is Lecturer in Mediterranean Archaeology, Cardiff University. He is the author of Style in Society in Dark Age Greece (1991).
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Table of Contents

List of figures
List of tables
Preface and acknowledgements
Pt. I Approaches to Greek Archaeology
1 Introduction: Classical Archaeology and its objects 3
2 Great traditions: Classical scholarship and Classical Archaeology 17
3 Modern archaeologies of Greece 42
4 Chronology and terminology 60
Pt. II Archaic Greece, 1000-479 B.C.
5 Early Iron Age Greece, 1000-700 B.C. 77
6 The Aegean, the Levant and the West: the Orientalising phenomenon 102
7 Gods, heroes and sacred places 134
8 The city, the state and the polis 165
9 Art, narrative and monumentality 195
10 Regional archaeologies 231
Pt. III Classical Greece
11 Defining the Classical: Classical art 269
12 Cities and sanctuaries of Classical Greece 294
13 The archaeology of democracy: Classical Athens 329
14 Beyond the polis: the countryside of Classical Greece 376
15 Epilogue: towards Hellenistic archaeology 400
Further reading for each chapter 420
Bibliography 429
Index 477
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