Classical archaeology has changed beyond recognition in the past generation, in its aims, its choice of subject-matter and the methods it uses. This book brings together twenty-five papers by A. M. Snodgrass, some of them previously published only in rather inaccessible places, which have contributed to this change. They cover four decades of work on pre-Classical and Classical Greece and some adjacent fields of scholarship, beginning in the 1960s when Classical archaeology was not widely seen as a free-standing subject. They chart the progress of a movement for the intellectual independence of Greek archaeology and art, from history and textual studies and for recognition among other branches of archaeology. The key theme of the papers is the importance of the Iron Age as the formative period in the making of Classical Greece and the author varies this with comment on literature, history, anthropology, Aegean and European prehistory and Roman provincial archaeology. This book will be an important one for all archaeology and ancient history collections.
This collection of essays *represents innovative work in Classical archaeology *challenges accepted boundaries and inhibitions *is wide in scope covering history, prehistory, art, literary interpretation, field archaeology
Anthony Snodgrass is Laurence Professor of Classical Archaeology at the University of Cambridge.
Part I: A Credo; 1. Archaeology; 2. Greek Archaeology and Greek History; 3. The New Archaeology and the Classical Archaeologist; 4. A Paradigm Shift in Classical Archaeology?; 5. Separate Tables? A story of two traditions within one discipline; Part II: The Early Iron Age of Greece; 6. Metalwork as Evidence for Immigration in the Late Bronze Age; 7. The Coming of the Iron Age in Greece: Europe's Earliest Bronze/Iron Transition; 8. Euboeans in Macedonia: A New Precedent for Westward Expansion; 9. The Rejection of Mycenaean Culture and the Oriental Connection; 10. An Historical Homeric society?; Part III: The Early Polis at Home and Abroad; 11. Archaeology and the Rise of the Greek state; 12. Heavy Freight in Archaic Greece; 13. Interaction by Design: the Greek city-state; 14. The Economics of Dedication at Greek Sanctuaries; 15. Archaeology and the Study of the Greek City; 16. The Nature and Standing of the Western colonies; Part IV: The Early Polis at War; 17. The Hoplite Reform and History; 18. The Historical Significance of Fortification in Archaic Greece; 19. The 'Hoplite Reform' Revisited; Part V: Early Greek Art; 20. Poet and Painter in Eighth-Century Greece; 21. Narration and Allusion in Archaic Greek Art; 22. The Uses of Writing on Early Greek Painted Pottery; 23. Pausanias and the Chest of Kypselos; Part VI: Archaeological Survey; 24. Survey Archaeology and the Rural Landscape of the Greek City; 25. Rural Burial in the World of Cities.