Great Moments in Greek Archaeology

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  • Copyright: 2007-11-15
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
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This beautifully illustrated book offers a wide-ranging overview of the greatest archaeological sites and discoveries from ancient Greece. The contributors--a veritable who's who of the most venerable names in Greek archaeology--include both those who have excavated at the sites in question and scholars who have spent a lifetime studying the monuments about which they write. Presented here are the legendary sites of ancient Greece, including the Athenian Acropolis, Olympia, Delphi, Schliemann's Mycenae, and the Athenian Agora; the most iconic sculptures in the Greek world, such as the Aphrodite of Melos and the Nike of Samothrace; and several fascinating chapters on underwater archaeology discussing the Kyrenia and Uluburun shipwrecks and the astonishing bronze masterpieces raised from the sea. This is the first book to bring together the archaeological legacy of ancient Greece in a concise and accessible way while still preserving the excitement of discovery.

Author Biography

Panos Valavanis is an associate professor of archaeology at the University of Athens and the author of Games and Sanctuaries in Ancient Greece.

Table of Contents

The Stages of Greek Archaeologyp. 16
Great Moments in Greek Archaeology
The Vicissitudes of the Athenian Acropolis in the 19th Century. From Castle to Monumentp. 36
Kerameikos I. The Discovery of the Ancient Cemetery (1863)p. 58
Kerameikos II. The Archaic Sculptures of the Sacred Gate, Spring 2002p. 72
Delos. The Excavation of the Sacred Island of Apollo (1873)p. 78
Olympia. Excavations and Discoveries at the Great Sanctuary (1875)p. 100
Schliemann and Homer's "Mycenae Rich in Gold" (1876)p. 118
Delphi. The Excavation of the Great Oracular Centre (1892)p. 134
Knossos. The Discovery of the Minoan Palace (1901)p. 158
Sesklo and Dimini. The Prehistoric Citadels (1903)p. 184
Poliochni on Lemnos. The Earliest City in Europe (1930)p. 196
The Athenian Agora. Encounter with the First Democracy (1931)p. 202
The "Royal" Tombs at Salamis in Cyprus (1957)p. 220
Akrotiri on Thera. The Excavation of a Buried City (1967)p. 236
Vergina. On the Tracks of the Macedonian Kings (1977)p. 256
Dispilio Near Kastoria. The Prehistoric Lake Settlement (1992)p. 272
Great Moments in Marine Archaeology
The Ancient Ship of Kyrenia, Beneath Cyprus Seas (1968)p. 286
The Kyrenia II. An Attempt in Experimental Archaeology (1984)p. 300
Uluburun. A Bronze Age Shipwreck (1984)p. 306
Masterpieces of Greek Sculpture See the Light of Day
The Aphrodite of Melos (1822)p. 318
The Victory of Samothrace (1863)p. 322
The Piraeus Bronze Statues (1959)p. 326
Memories of Phrasikleia (1972)p. 332
The Large Kouros of Samos (1980)p. 338
Bronze Statues from the Depths of the Seap. 342
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