An Age of Experiment: Classical Archaeology Transformed (1976-2014) [Hardback]

Lisa Nevett (Editor); James Whitley (Editor)

ISBN: 9781902937809 | Published by: McDonald Institute for Archaeological Research | Series: McDonald Institute Monographs | Year of Publication: 2018 | Language: English 250p, H280 x W216 (mm)

An Age of Experiment: Classical Archaeology Transformed (1976-2014)


What is Classical Archaeology’s place within the overall study of antiquity and the history of humanity? And what is its relationship to its kindred disciplines of ancient history, art history and Mediterranean prehistory? Forty or so years ago Classical Archaeology appeared to be a very conservative and rather niche area of scholarly endeavour.

Then both prehistorians and ancient historians might have answered that Classical Archaeology had little to offer their respective fields of study. Since the late 1970s, however, the subject has been transformed, a transformation in which the example of Anthony Snodgrass has played a significant role. This volume brings together the work of Snodgrass’s former students; scholars who, while they could be variously classified as prehistorians, ancient historians, Classical archaeologists, Classical art historians, Classicists and modern historians, are internationally recognised scholars in their respective fields. Each contribution brings a unique perspective to bear on the current state of Classical archaeology and its place in not only Mediterranean but global history, art history and archaeology.

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"[T]his volume provides a tribute to a true giant of the field of Classical archaeology that is both suitably wonderful and wonderfully suitable. It is very well produced… Perhaps most exceptionally, the book is a pleasure to read. In my view, it provides a model of what an honorary volume should and can do, worthy of scrutiny for anyone planning such a project in the future. For this reason I think it deserves a wider readership than the already large swath of scholars of Greek archaeology that will find substantive contributions of interest amongst its individual offerings."
Sarah C. Murray
Bryn Mawr Classical Review (21/12/2022)

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