The Archaeology of Athens


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The definitive work on the monuments of ancient Athens and Attica

In this book, a leading authority on the archaeology of ancient Greece presents a survey of the monuments—first chronologically and then site by site.

John M. Camp begins with a comprehensive narrative history of the monuments from the earliest times to the sixth century A.D. Drawing on literary and epigraphic evidence, including Plutarch’s biographies, Pausanias’s guidebook, and thousands of inscriptions, he discusses who built a given structure, when, and why. Camp presents dozens of passages in translation, allowing the reader easy access to the variety and richness of the ancient sources. In effect, this main part of the book provides an engrossing history of ancient Athens as recorded in its archaeological remains. The second section of the book offers in-depth discussions of individual sites in their physical context, including accounts of excavations in the modern era. Written in a clear and engaging style and lavishly illustrated, Camp’s archaeological tour of Athens is certain to appeal not only to scholars and students but also to visitors to the area.

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 up-to-date book on archaeological Athens and Attica will fit in perfectly with courses dealing with ancient Greece in general and with classical Greek art and architecture in particular.”—R. Ross Holloway, Brown University

“An up-to-date account of one of the world’s most complex prehistoric and historic archaeological sites. . . . The Archaeology of Athens is one of the few must-have books for every scholar and student, every library and every individual concerned with archaeology. . . . [An] excellent and novel study of Athens and Attica, and it will be an invaluable guide to further explorations for many visitors, students, and scholars.”—Linda Jones Roccos, Bryn Mawr Classical Review

"In this definitive book, prominent archaeologist John M. Camp presents an up-to-date survey of the monuments of ancient Athens and Attica to create a complete archaeological tour of the area. Camp's lavishly illustrated work will appeal not only to scholars and students of Greek civilization but also to visitors exploring ancient sites."—New England Antiques Journal


“Camp’s volume does several things well: it provides a clearly-written and reasonably up-to-date overview of the development of Athens as a city-state from the standpoint of its material culture; it embraces a scope much greater than is usual in books focused on classical antiquity, which allows readers to understand how the monuments have come to us in the form that they currently have. Camp comprehensively discusses not just the usual major monuments but important documents such as inscriptions, reliefs, fragmentary statues, and sometimes lost monuments. His book is well-illustrated and well-produced.”—Carla Antonaccio, New England Classical Journal

“A masterful interdisciplinary compendium. . . . No volume has so successfully mined the riches of literature and history in pursuit of archeological evidence.”—Publishers Weekly

"Those seeking a straightforward, up-to-date, and wonderfully well-illustrated account of the monumental history of Athens will find themselves well served for several years to come."—Robin Osborne, Times Literary Supplement

ISBN: 9780300101515
Publication Date: February 9, 2004
352 pages, 7 1/4 x 9 3/4
270 b/w + 17 color illus.