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Autopsy in Athens: Recent Archaeological Research on Athens and Attica

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by Margaret M. Miles
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Autopsy in Athens: Recent Archaeological Research on Athens and Attica by Margaret M. Miles

This is an exciting time to study in Athens. The "rescue" excavations of recent years, conducted during construction of the Metro system and in preparation for the 2004 Olympics Games, combined with major restoration projects and a new enthusiasm for fresh examination of old material, using new techniques and applications, brings new perspectives and answers on many aspects of the ancient city of Athens and life, politics and religion in Attica. The 15 papers presented here contribute new findings that result from intensive, firsthand examinations of the archaeological and epigraphical evidence. They illustrate how much may be gained by reexamining material from older excavations, and from the methodological shift from documenting information to closer analysis and larger historical reflection. They offer a variety of perspectives on a range of issues: the ambiance of the ancient city for passersby, filled with roadside shrines; techniques of architectural construction and sculpting; religious expression in Athens including cults of Asklepios and Serapis; the precise procedures for Greek sacrifice; how the borders of Attica were defined over time, and details of its road-system. In presenting this volume the contributors are continuing in a long tradition of autopsy - in the sense of 'personal observation' - in Athens, that began even in the Hellenistic period and has continued through the writings of centuries of travelers and academics to the present day.

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Pages: 224
Size: 79.4 MB
Publisher: Oxbow Books
Date published:   2015
ISBN: 9781782978572 (DRM-EPUB)

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