Book Series Studies in Classical Archaeology, vol. 1

The Diversity of Classical Archaeology

Achim Lichtenberger, Rubina Raja (eds)

  • Pages: xviii + 356 p.
  • Size:216 x 280 mm
  • Illustrations:164 b/w, 23 col.
  • Language(s):English, French
  • Publication Year:2017

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  • ISBN: 978-2-503-57493-6
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The Diversity of Classical Archaeology brings together a wide-range of scholars aiming at setting out new agendas within this important discipline.


“The diversity of Classical archaeology illustrates this very well. It is the ouverture in a new series of studies in Classical archaeology, meant to showcase the liveliness, innovation and diversity of this field at present, and does so ably.” (Caroline van Eck, in Antiquity, 92/364, 2018, p. 1115)


This book is the first volume in the series Studies in Classical Archaeology, founded and edited by professors of classical archaeology, Achim Lichtenberger and Rubina Raja. This volume sets out the agenda for this series. It achieves this by familiarizing readers with a wide range of themes and material groups, and highlighting them as core areas of traditional classical archaeology, despite the fact that some have hitherto been neglected.

Themes presented in this volume include Greek and Roman portraiture and sculpture, iconography, epigraphy, archaeology, numismatics, the Mediterranean, settlement patterns, landscape archaeology, historiography, and urban archaeology. Additionally, essays on topics such as the early Islamic period and portraiture in the Near East serve to broaden the themes encompassed by this work, and demonstrate the importance of interdisciplinary knowledge in the field. The volume also offers discussions about a variety of material groups, time frames, and regions that have recently come to the fore as areas that should increasingly be considered as belonging to —and more crucially, informing— classical archaeology. The multi-disciplinary essays contained within this volume, contributed by prominent scholars from across the world, thus represent the status quo of classical archaeology, as well as tracing both how the discipline has developed over time and how it should progress in the future.



The Diversity of Classical Archaeology: Introduction — ACHIM LICHTENBERGER AND RUBINA RAJA

Part I: Learning from the Past

La révolution des images: la figuration des ruines et la naissance de l’idée de relevé dans l’archéologie classique — ALAIN SCHNAPP

Winckelmann, Greek Masterpieces, and Architectural Sculpture: A Prolegomena to a History of Classical Archaeology in Museums — AMY C. SMITH

Research on Masterpieces and Their Sculptors — SASCHA KANSTEINER

Kaschnitz between Archaeology and the History of Art — JOHN R. CLARKE

Communicating Classical Archaeology in the Twenty-First Century — J. ANDREW DUFTON, MÜGE DURUSU-TANRIÖVERM AND SUSAN E. ALCOCK

Part II: Breaking up Disciplines

One Step Forward, Two Steps Back: Breaking Down the Boundaries between Archaeology and Ancient History in the Twenty-First Century — EBERHARD W. SAUER

Classical Archaeology and the Ancient Economy — ANNALISA MARZANO

Greek Epigraphy and Archaeology — ROBIN OSBORNE

If the ‘Augustus of Primaporta’ were a Coin: Classical Archaeology and Numismatics — ACHIM LICHTENBERGER

Part III: Unlocking Time and Space

Classical Archaeology in the Holy Land: The Case of Classical Architectural Decor in the Hellenistic Period — ORIT PELEG-BARKAT

Qusayr ‘Amra and the Continuity of Post-Classical Art in Early Islam: Towards an Iconology of Forms — NADIA ALI

Archaeology in Gandhāra: A Review of Research at the Cross-roads of Disciplines — JESSIE PONS

Part IV: Art and Material Culture in the Making

Approaches to the Study of Greek Sculpture — SHEILA DILLON

All about the Body? The Matter of Temporality in the Study of Greek Sculpture — CASPAR MEYER

Makers and Making: Classical Art in Action — BEN RUSSELL AND WILL WOOTTON

Going Individual: Roman Period Portraiture in Classical Archaeology — RUBINA RAJA

Material Culture in the Romanization Debate — ASTRID VAN OYEN

Part V: Perceptions

Levels of Visibility and Modes of Viewing in Attic Vase Painting — NIKOLAUS DIETRICH

The Treasure of Polychromy: Polychrome Decoration of Ancient Sculptures as a New Source of Information on Ancient Culture — CLARISSA BLUME