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  • 133 b/w illus. 40 maps 1 table
  • Page extent: 512 pages
  • Size: 247 x 174 mm
  • Weight: 0.91 kg

Library of Congress

  • Dewey number: 938
  • Dewey version: 21
  • LC Classification: DF77 .W537 2001
  • LC Subject headings:
    • Excavations (Archaeology)--Greece
    • Greece--Antiquities
    • Greece--History--To 146 B.C
    • Ethnology--Study and teaching--Congresses
    • Performance practice (Music)--18th century

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 (ISBN-13: 9780521627337 | ISBN-10: 0521627338)

  • Also available in Hardback
  • Published November 2001

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$49.99 (G)

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.


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.

Prize Winner

2002 Choice Outstanding Academic Title Award Winner


"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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