Classical Archaeology / Edition 1

Classical Archaeology / Edition 1

by Susan E. Alcock, Robin Osborne
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Classical Archaeology / Edition 1

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

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780631234197
Publisher: Wiley
Publication date: 07/10/2007
Series: Wiley Blackwell Studies in Global Archaeology Series
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 464
Product dimensions: 6.69(w) x 9.61(h) x 0.93(d)

About 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).

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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“Sue Alcock and Robin Osborne's Classical Archaeology is already a classic in its own right, and this second edition keeps it up-to-date with the latest finds and ideas coming out of Mediterranean archaeology. The essays in this volume remain the best starting point for any student coming to the field.”
- Ian Morris, Stanford University

“This second edition builds on and improves the strengths of the first, adding crucial chapters on that central issue in Classical archaeology – namely art”
- James Whitley, Cardiff University

“To the question, ‘what is classical archaeology?’ this book provides a robust response: it is a discipline that is alive with new questions, new theories, and an ever-expanding corpus of material-cultural knowledge of the world of Greek and Roman antiquity.”
- R. Bruce Hitchner, Tufts University

“With essays by some of the leading lights of the discipline, revised to take account of the latest research, and expanded with two new essays on classical art, the second edition of Alcock and Osborne's Classical Archaeology offers the best introduction to the field for students and teachers alike.”
- Jeremy Tanner, University College London

“A star-studded volume that assures the Classical world its rightfully prominent place within world archaeology, while also satisfying those looking for a deeper interrogation of its past.”
- Cyprian Broodbank, University College London

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