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The Archaeology of Ancient Greece

The Archaeology of Ancient Greece

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  • Author: James Whitley, School of History and Archaeology, University of Wales College of Cardiff
  • Date Published: November 2001
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521627337

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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.

    • Examines Greek art within the context of Greek material culture
    • Informed by general theoretical debates in archaeology
    • Provides an up-to-date synthesis of the material and recent literature
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    • Winner of the Runciman Prize 2002

    Reviews & endorsements

    "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

    • Date Published: November 2001
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521627337
    • length: 512 pages
    • dimensions: 244 x 170 x 26 mm
    • weight: 0.91kg
    • contains: 133 b/w illus. 40 maps 1 table
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Part I. Approaches to Greek Archaeology:
    1. Introduction: classical archaeology and its objects
    2. Great traditions: classical scholarship and classical archaeology
    3. Modern archaeologies of Greece
    4. Chronology and terminology
    Part II. Archaic Greece:
    5. Archaic Greece, 1000–700 BC
    6. The Aegean, the Levant and the West: the orientalising phenomenon
    7. Gods, heroes and sacred places
    8. The city, the state and the Polis
    9. Art, narrative and monumentality
    10. Regional archaeologies
    Part III. Classical Greece:
    11. Defining the classical: classical art
    12. Cities and sanctuaries of Classical Greece
    13. The archaeology of democracy: Classical Athens
    14. Beyond the Polis: the countryside of Classical Greece
    15. Epilogue: towards Hellenistic archaeology.

  • Instructors have used or reviewed this title for the following courses

    • Archaeology of the Ancient World
    • Classical Period in Greece
    • Classical Studies in Greece
    • Greek Archaeology
    • Greek Art and Archaeology
    • The Ancient World: Greece
    • The World of Greece
  • Author

    James Whitley, School of History and Archaeology, University of Wales College of Cardiff
    James Whitley is Lecturer in Mediterranean Archaeology, Cardiff University. He is the author of Style in Society in Dark Age Greece (1991).


    • Winner of the Runciman Prize 2002

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