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The archaeology of Athens
Camp, John McK., II, 1946-
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New Haven : Yale University Press, [2001]

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xii, 340 pages : illustrations (some color), maps (some color) ; 26 cm
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The monuments of ancient Athens and Attica give eloquent testimony to the enduring legacy of Greek civilization. In this book, a leading authority on the archaeology of this area presents a survey of the monuments, first chronologically and then site by site, creating the definitive work on the subject. John M. Camp begins with a comprehensive narrative history of the monuments from the earliest times to the sixth century A.D. Drawing on literary and epigraphic evidence, including Plutarch's biographies, Pausanias's guidebook, and thousands of inscriptions, he discusses who built a given structure, when, and why. Camp presents dozens of passages in translation, allowing the reader easy access to the variety and richness of the ancient sources. In effect, this main part of the book provides an engrossing history of ancient Athens as recorded in its archaeological remains. The second section of the book offers in-depth discussions of individual sites in their physical context, including accounts of excavations in the modern era. Written in a clear and engaging style and lavishly illustrated, Camp's archaeological tour of Athens is certain to appeal not only to scholars and students b

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John M. Camp is director of the Agora excavations of the American School of Classical Studies at Athens and professor of classics at Randolph-Macon College.

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Publisher's Weekly Review

The director of the Agora excavations of the American School of Classical Studies in Athens, John M. Camp (The Athenian Agora), presents a masterful interdisciplinary compendium, The Archaeology of Athens. Camp, also a classics professor at Randolph-Macon College, draws from Herodotus, Aristotle, Plutarch, Pausanias and inscriptions found at various sites; on the temple on the Acropolis it reads, among numerous details, "Two leaves of gold were bought for gilding the two eyes of the column, from Adonis, living in Melite: 2 drachmas." He also describes the men responsible for various building projects (Perikles, e.g., gets his due), the buildings' uses and, in some cases, their destruction parts of the Acropolis were brought down, for instance, during the Peloponnesian War. Though Athenian art and architecture have been paid consistent scholarly attention, perhaps no volume has so successfully mined the riches of literature and history (along with 257 b & w and 19 color illustrations) in pursuit of archeological evidence. (Jan.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

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In this welcome addition to studies of the material remains of ancient Athens, Camp (classics, Randolph-Macon College) draws on his intimate knowledge of Athenian topography, history, and monuments to produce an introductory work aimed at contemporary students. It will become the basic textbook for courses on ancient Athens, although it does not replace Wycherley's The Stones of Athens (CH, Jul'78) or Travlos's Pictorial Dictionary of Ancient Athens (CH, May'72). The remains are presented first by period, from the Paleolithic to the Late Roman era, and include recently excavated material from the Metro and Akropolis projects. The site summaries that comprise the second part are not limited to the city but include major sites in Attica, updating previous topographical studies. Written in a lucid, elegant style, with many excellent illustrations (including watercolor reconstructions of the city's past appearance), the book is up-to-date and includes new scholarly studies. In his attempt to write a seamless narrative history of Athens, however, Camp often glosses over scholarly controversies; some problems in interpretation appear in the notes in the site index, but most receive scant attention. This book is essential for all libraries with classics collections. All levels. L. P. Day Wabash College

Table of Contents

Prefacep. ix
Part I The Monuments of Athens
1 Introduction the Physical Settingp. 3
2 The Prehistoric Periodp. 11
Paleolithic and Neolithicp. 11
Early Bronze Agep. 12
Middle Bronze Agep. 13
Late Bronze Agep. 14
3 Early and Archaic Athensp. 21
The Dark Agesp. 21
The Eighth and Seventh Centuriesp. 22
The Sixth Centuryp. 26
Solonp. 26
Peisistratosp. 28
The Rise of Democracyp. 39
The Persian Warsp. 47
4 Classical Athensp. 59
Kimonp. 63
Periklesp. 72
The Parthenonp. 74
The Propylaiap. 82
The Temple of Athena Nikep. 90
The Erechtheionp. 93
The Lower Cityp. 100
Atticap. 106
The Peloponnesian Warp. 117
The Fourth Centuryp. 137
5 Hellenistic Athensp. 161
6 Roman Athensp. 183
7 Late Roman Athensp. 223
Epiloguep. 239
Part II Site Summaries
Athensp. 247
Acropolisp. 248
Acropolis Slopesp. 254
Agorap. 257
Kerameikosp. 261
Mouseion Hill, Pnyx, Areopagosp. 264
Olympieion, Southeast Athensp. 266
Atticap. 271
Acharnaip. 274
Brauronp. 277
East Coast: Steireia, Prasiai (Porto Raphti, Koroni, Perati)p. 281
Eleusisp. 283
Ikariap. 289
Marathonp. 291
Peiraieusp. 294
Phylep. 299
Rhamnousp. 301
Sounionp. 305
Thorikosp. 311
West Coast: Euonymon, Aixone, Cape Zoster, Cave of Pan (Trachones, Glyphada, Vouliagmeni, Vari)p. 315
Border Areasp. 319
Eleutheraip. 319
Oropos (Amphiareion)p. 322
Salamisp. 324
Abbreviationsp. 328
Illustration Creditsp. 329
Indexp. 330