Archaeologies of the Greek Past: Landscape, Monuments, and Memories

Archaeologies of the Greek Past: Landscape, Monuments, and Memories

by Susan E. Alcock


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Social or collective memory has recently become a much debated subject in academic disciplines and in the popular media. People in antiquity surely possessed similar shared memories, but except for the limited accounts of elite authors—they are notoriously difficult to recover. This book explores how material culture, in particular the evidence of landscape and of monuments, can reveal commemorative practices and collective amnesias in past societies. Three case studies are considered—Greece in the early Roman period, Hellenistic and Roman Crete, and Messenia from Archaic to Hellenistic times.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780521813556
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 08/15/2002
Series: The W. B. Stanford Memorial Lectures
Pages: 240
Product dimensions: 7.01(w) x 10.00(h) x 0.55(d)

About the Author

Susan E. Alcock is Associate Professor of Classical Archaeology and Classics at the University of Michigan. She is the author of Graecia Capta (Cambridge University Press, 1993).

Table of Contents

1. Archaeologies of memory; 2. Old Greece within the Empire; 3. Cretan inventions; 4. Being Messenian; 5. Three short stories about Greek memory.

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