The Archaeology of Ancient Greece

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Cambridge University Press, Oct 4, 2001 - Art - 484 pages
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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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Contents

Introduction Classical Archaeology and its objects
3
Great traditions Classical scholarship and Classical Archaeology
17
Modern archaeologies of Greece
42
Chronology and terminology
60
Early Iron Age Greece 1000700 BC
77
The Aegean the Levant and the West the Orientalising phenomenon
102
Gods heroes and sacred places
134
The city the state and the polis
165
Defining the Classical Classical art
269
Cities and sanctuaries of Classical Greece
294
The archaeology of democracy Classical Athens
329
Beyond the polis the countryside of Classical Greece
376
Epilogue towards Hellenistic archaeology
400
Further reading for each chapter
420
Bibliography
429
Index
477

Art narrative and monumentality
195
Regional archaeologies
231

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About the author (2001)

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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