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The Archaeology of Athens [Paperback]

John M Camp
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6 Feb 2004
The monuments of ancient Athens give testimony to the enduring legacy of ancient Greek civilisation. In this book, a leading authority on the archaeology of the area presents a survey of the monuments - first chronologically, then site by site.

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  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Yale University Press (6 Feb 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0300101511
  • ISBN-13: 978-0300101515
  • Product Dimensions: 25 x 18 x 2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
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One of the few must-have books for every scholar and student, every library and every individual concerned with archaeology -- Linda Jones Roccos, Bryn Mawr Classical Review

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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. His previous books include The Athenian Agora: Excavations in the Heart of Classical Athens. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Thorough yet very readable 12 Jan 2006
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When I was a student of Archaeology I found this book probably my favourite Archaeological text book. In a very clear and concise way but without lacking in any detail it gives a very realistic indication of what Ancient Athens may have looked like. Detailed pictures are offset by Watercolours to help you view the bigger picture. When I took a personal trip to Athens I found the book vastly increased my enjoyment as instead of being bewildered by numerous walls strewn all over the place (The Agora being a great example) I was able to recognise and visualise the different areas. Basically for any student looking for good results this book more than any other enabled me to gain a First at a prestigious University in a module of Ancient Athens.
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I've been searching for a long time for a book providing details of key ancient archaeological sites in Athens/Attica, but not in technical way. It was difficult to find history intertwined and its locations, allowing us to understand where happened in what we can recognise today.
This book, with its unassuming cover, is the best combination of archaeology and history that I've come across. It's a powerful book that reads in a simple, straightforward and elegant way. The author has managed to bring it all together: key chapters and characters of Ancient Greece, the evolution of their most important sites, the history of key temples and monuments, what happened to them in their own time, as well as how should we look at each site and its remains today.
It facilitates information that one would have to read entire books to pinpoint, while also highlighting disputes of scholarship on given topics.
The book also offers a wealth of images, diagrams and visual references that perfectly illustrates concepts and ideas described, and some of those are very detailed and would be, again, hard to find and collect from different sources.
I'd go as far as to say this would be a great read for any tourist planning to visit Athens & Attica, as it will provide you with much more interesting information, in an easy-to-read format... it will enrich your visit as you'll be able to visualise the dramatic events that took place in those locations, and recognise in some of the ruins the physical signs of history events.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Preparation for viewing Athens' ancient sites 31 May 2013
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I found this quite up to date, authoritative, and well illustrated paperback met my expectations for an a more in depth background to the ancient sites in Athens than one could get from the standard guide books.
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