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

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

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.

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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