This is an exciting time to study in Athens. The "rescue" excavations of recent years, conducted during construction of the Metro system and in preparation for the 2004 Olympic Games, combined with major restoration projects and a new enthusiasm for fresh examination of old material, using new techniques and applications, brings new perspectives and answers on many aspects of the ancient city of Athens and life, politics and religion in Attica.
The 15 papers presented here contribute new findings that result from intensive, first-hand examinations of the archaeological and epigraphical evidence. They illustrate how much may be gained by re-examining material from older excavations, and from the methodological shift from documenting information to closer analysis and larger historical reflection. They offer a variety of perspectives on a range of issues: the ambience of the ancient city for passers-by, filled with roadside shrines; techniques of architectural construction and sculpting; religious expression in Athens including cults of Asklepios and Serapis; the precise procedures for Greek sacrifice; how the borders of Attica were defined over time, and details of its road-system. In presenting this volume the contributors are continuing in a long tradition of autopsy - in the sense of 'personal observation' - in Athens, that began even in the Hellenistic period and has continued through the writings of centuries of travellers and academics to the present day.
Margaret Miles is Professor of Art History at the University of California, Irvine. Her research interests focus on how religion and ritual shaped architecture in ancient Greece and Italy with particular emphasis on Greek temples and religion during the 5th century BCE and in how the cosmic views of Presocratic philosophers (especially Pythagoras and Empedocles) helped to shape the design of western Greek temples.
List of Contributors Introduction, by Margaret M. Miles 1. Architectural Repairs of the Small Limestone Buildings on the Athenian Acropolis in the Archaic Period Nancy L. Klein 2. Tools From the House of Mikion and Menon Barbara Tsikirgis 3. More Than the Time of Day: Helios to the Rescue Jenifer Neils, Rachel Sternberg, Derek Rheinbold 4. Asklepios and Hygieia in the City Eleusinion Carol Lawton 5. Asklepios in the Piraeus and the Mechanisms of Cult Appropriation Jessica Lamont 6. Sarapis as Healer in Roman Athens: Reconsidering the Identity of Agora S 1068 Brian A. Martens 7. The Experience of Greek Sacrifice: Investigating Fat-Wrapped Thigh Bones Jacob Morton 8. The Mutilation of the Herms: Violence toward Images in the late 5th century BC Rachel Kousser 9. Funerals for Statues? The Case of Phrasikleia and her "Brother" Angele Rosenberg-Dimitracopoulou 10. Roadside Assistance: Religious Spaces and Personal Experience in Athens Johanna Best 11. The Monumental Definition of Attica in the Early Democratic Period Jessica Paga 12. Triremes on Land: First-fruits for the Battle of Salamis Kristian Lorenzo 13. Routes out of Attica Sylvian Fachard and Daniele Pirisino 14. How to Look at a Non-peripteral Temple Marya Fisher 15. The Vanishing Double Stoa at Thorikos and its Afterlives Margaret M. Miles Index