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The Best Classical Archaeology Books on Amazon UK

Dorothy King "Dorothy King aka PhDiva"
 
The Athenian Acropolis: History, Mythology, and Archaeology from the Neolithic Era to the Present
The Athenian Acropolis: History, Mythology, and Archaeology from the Neolithic Era to the Present
"The best book on the Acropolis in English - worth making an effort to get second hand (and I am so annoyed the publishers let this go out of print). It is brilliant, & made me go "wow" when I read it."
The Acropolis in the Age of Pericles Paperback with CD-ROM
The Acropolis in the Age of Pericles Paperback with CD-ROM
"An abridged version of the book above, and an easier introduction for students starting to study archaeology"
Greek Sculpture: Volume 1 - Text
Greek Sculpture: Volume 1 - Text
"Still my favorite general book on Greek sculpture, so I'd say find it second hand and buy a copy if you're interested in this area. It's a Classic, and has barely dated. Get the Plates too!"
Houses and Society in Pompeii and Herculaneum
Houses and Society in Pompeii and Herculaneum
"How houses functioned and served as a social backdrop to the working of Roman society, using Pompeii as a case study."
The Elgin Marbles: The Story of the Parthenon and Archaeology's Greatest Controversy
The Elgin Marbles: The Story of the Parthenon and Archaeology's Greatest Controversy
"Gotta 'plug' my own book - it's about the archaeology and history of the Parthenon, and shows how the building evolved over the ages, and that archaeology needn't be boring tale of holes in the ground"
Principles of Roman Architecture
Principles of Roman Architecture
"I think so highly of this book that they have a gloriously over the top praising review from me on the back cover - it's brilliant, and my favorite book on Roman architecture."
Classical Greece and the Birth of Western Art
Classical Greece and the Birth of Western Art
"A great introduction to Greek Art by one of the greatest scholars working in the field"
Roman Painting
Roman Painting
"The classic study of Roman painting"
Aspects of Ancient Greek Cult: Context, Ritual and Iconography (Aarhus Studies in Mediterranean Antiquities) (Aarhus Studies in Mediterranean Antiquity)
Aspects of Ancient Greek Cult: Context, Ritual and Iconography (Aarhus Studies in Mediterranean Antiquities) (Aarhus Studies in Mediterranean Antiquity)
"Nice conference proceedings showing what the younger generation of scholars are up to"
The Archaeology of Athens
The Archaeology of Athens
"Does what the title says - Camp has lived and worked in Athens for years, and knows the city as well as anyone."
Tradition in Late Antique Sculpture: Conservation, Modernization, Production (Acta Jutlandica)
Tradition in Late Antique Sculpture: Conservation, Modernization, Production (Acta Jutlandica)
"Truth is often heterodox, and Hannestad has turned a field on its head by showing how Late Antique and Byzantine people continued to restore earlier Pagan Roman sculptures."
Structure, Image, Ornament: Architectural Sculpture in the Greek World: Proceedings of an International Conference Held at the American School of Classical Studies, 27-28 November 2004
Structure, Image, Ornament: Architectural Sculpture in the Greek World: Proceedings of an International Conference Held at the American School of Classical Studies, 27-28 November 2004
"New research in Greek architectural sculpture from a 2004 conference in Athens"
Skopas of Paros
Skopas of Paros
"Based on Andy Stewart's PhD, this is still the seminal study of one of the greatest Greek sculptors"
The History of Greek Vases: Potters, Painters and Pictures
The History of Greek Vases: Potters, Painters and Pictures
"Boardman has long been the authority on Greek vase painting, and this book brings together his shorter studies in one handy volume."
The Power of Images in the Age of Augustus (Thomas Spencer Jerome Lectures)
The Power of Images in the Age of Augustus (Thomas Spencer Jerome Lectures)
"Ancient art was propaganda not decoration, and this book illustrates this perfectly using Augustus' art and building program as an example"
The Ancient View of Greek Art: Criticism, History, and Terminology (National Gallery of Art, Washington)
The Ancient View of Greek Art: Criticism, History, and Terminology (National Gallery of Art, Washington)
"This book influenced me more than any other - it's hard to find, but worth making the effort to get hold of it, and read it. Simply brilliant, and I wish I could think this well."
Technique of Greek Sculpture in the Archaic and Classical Periods (British School of Archaeology , Athens, Publications)
Technique of Greek Sculpture in the Archaic and Classical Periods (British School of Archaeology , Athens, Publications)
"Very difficult to get hold of, but the best study of the techniques of Greek sculpture and still holding it's own all these years later. Steal it if you have to! Or better, borrow it from the library."
Taste and the Antique: Lure of Classical Sculpture, 1500-1900
Taste and the Antique: Lure of Classical Sculpture, 1500-1900
"The re-birth of archaeology in the Renaissance, and the rediscovery of Antiquity. Seminal study showing how influential the ancient world was on the Renaissance and artists that followed."
Vitruvius: The Ten Books on Architecture [Books I-X ]: Bks. I-X
Vitruvius: The Ten Books on Architecture [Books I-X ]: Bks. I-X
"You can't study classical archaeology without reading Vitruvius. He served with Caesar in Gaul, so anyone who says he's a source for Roman architecture is a pratt; he wrote about Greek architecture."
The Diffusion of Classical Art in Antiquity
The Diffusion of Classical Art in Antiquity
"'Greek' art was not just confined to Greece - and some of it was not even Greek in origin. This book is a great introduction to multi-culturalism in ancient art."
Early Hellenistic Portraiture: Image, Style, Context
Early Hellenistic Portraiture: Image, Style, Context
"A recent conference with all the latest scholars' ideas about the birth of portraiture in the Hellenistic period. Well edited and worth making the time to read."
Periklean Athens and Its Legacy: Problems and Perspectives
Periklean Athens and Its Legacy: Problems and Perspectives
"Many interesting papers from a conference, for those who want a more in-depth look at Periclean Athens and want to keep up with the latest research"
Attalos, Athens, and the Akropolis: The Pergamene 'Little Barbarians' and their Roman and Renaissance Legacy
Attalos, Athens, and the Akropolis: The Pergamene 'Little Barbarians' and their Roman and Renaissance Legacy
"For the specialist: what did they do on the Acropolis after they'd built the Parthenon ...."
Art and Experience in Classical Greece
Art and Experience in Classical Greece
"All of Pollitt's books deserve to be read - and to be required reading for anyone interested in archaeology."
Late Antiquity: Art in Context (Acta Hyperborea)
Late Antiquity: Art in Context (Acta Hyperborea)
"Classical archaeologists tend to ignore not only Late Antique art, but the later context of earlier art ... which I think is a terrible pity."