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

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Format: Hardcover
Pub. Date: 2002-09-09
Publisher(s): Cambridge University Press
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Summary

Social memory - the shared remembrances of group experience - creates shared identity, and provides people with both an image of their past and a design for their future. But how are we to conceive the memories of past peoples such as, for example, the ancient Greeks? This book makes a strong case for the use of archaeology, particularly the evidence of landscape and of monuments, to trace patterns in commemoration and forgetfulness. Three detailed case studies (early Roman Greece, Hellenistic and Roman Crete, and Messenia in Archaic to Hellenistic times) focus on societies undergoing different types of social transformation. Material evidence allows us to observe how groups responded to these challenges, and how they made different uses of the past, in the past.

Table of Contents

List of illustrations
viii
Preface xi
List of abbreviations
xiv
Archaeologies of memory
1(35)
Old Greece within the empire
36(63)
Cretan inventions
99(33)
Being Messenian
132(44)
Three short stories about Greek memory
176(8)
Bibliography 184(29)
Index 213

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