Classical Archaeology and Art Q Reading List (9/1/17)

Classical Archaeology and Art Q Reading List (9/1/17)


Defining the Subject



  • Broodbank, C. 2013. The Making of the Middle Sea. Oxford.

  • Concannon, C.W., and L. A. Mazurek, eds. 2016. Across the Corrupting Sea: Post-Braudelian Approaches to the Ancient Eastern Mediterranean. London/New York.

    • Read chapters 7 and 8.



  • Herzfeld, M. 2005. “Practical Mediterraneanism: Excuses for Everything, from Epistemology to Eating.” In Rethinking the Mediterranean, ed. W.V. Harris, ed. Oxford.

  • Horden, P., and N. Purcell. 2000. The Corrupting Sea: A Study of Mediterranean History. Oxford.

  • Morris, I. 2003. “Mediterraneanization.” Mediterranean Historical Review 18: 30-55.


History and Development of Classical Archaeology and Classical Art



  • Anderson, B. 2015. “‘An Alternative Discourse’: Local Interpreters of Antiquities in the Ottoman Empire.” Journal of Field Archaeology 40: 450-460.

  • Dyson, S.L. 2006. In Pursuit of Ancient Pasts: A History of Classical Archaeology in the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries. New Haven.

  • Platt, V. 2016. “The Matter of Classical Art History.” Daedalus 145(2): 5-14.

  • Renfrew, C. 1980. “The Great Tradition versus the Great Divide: Archaeology as Anthropology?” American Journal of Archaeology 84: 287-298.

  • Tartaron, T.F. 2008. Aegean Prehistory as World Archaeology: Recent Trends in the Archaeology of Bronze Age Greece. Journal of Archaeological Research 16: 83-161.

  • Trigger, B.G. 2006. A History of Archaeological Thought. 2nd edition. Cambridge.

  • Whitley, J. 2001. The Archaeology of Ancient Greece. Cambridge.

    • Read pp. 3-76 (“Approaches to Greek Archaeology”).




Theory, Methods, and Approaches



  • Alcock, S.E., and J.F. Cherry, eds. 2004. Side-by-Side Survey: Comparative Regional Studies in the Mediterranean World. Oxford.

  • Barrett, C.E. 2016. “Archaeology of Ancient Religions.” In Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Religion, eds. J. Barton et al. Oxford/New York.

  • Gell, A. 1998. Art and Agency: An Anthropological Theory. Oxford.

  • Gosden, C. 2005. “What do Objects Want?” Journal of Archaeological Method and Theory 12(3), 193-211. 

  • Hamilakis, Y., et al., eds. 2002. Thinking through the Body: Archaeologies of Corporeality. New York.

    • Read Introduction (Hamilakis et al.) and Chap. 6 (Hamilakis).



  • Hodder, I. 2011. “Human-Thing Entanglement: Towards an Integrated Archaeological Perspective.” JRAI 17: 154-177.

  • Ingold, T. et al. 2007. “Materials Against Materiality; and discussion.” Archaeological Dialogues 14: 1-38.

  • Johnson, M.H. 2012. “Phenomenological Approaches in Landscape Archaeology.” Annual Review of Anthropology 41: 269-284.

  • Latour, B. 1999. Pandora’s Hope: Essays on the Reality of Social Sciences. Cambridge, MA.

  • MacKinnon, M. 2007. “Osteological Research in Classical Archaeology.” American Journal of Archaeology 111: 473-504.

  • Manning, S.W. 2008. “An Edited Past: Aegean Prehistory and Its Texts.” In M.A. Cheetham, E. Legge and C.M. Soussloff, eds., Editing the Image: Strategies in the Production and Reception of the Visual: 33-65. Toronto: University of Toronto Press.

  • Meskell, L. 2007. “Archaeologies of Identity.” In T. Insoll, ed., The Archaeology of Identities: A Reader, 23-43. London.

  • Mullins, P.R. 2011. “The Archaeology of Consumption.” Annual Review of Anthropology 30: 133-144.

  • Neer, R. 2005. “Connoisseurship and the Stakes of Style.” Critical Inquiry 32: 1-26.

  • Papadopoulos, J.K., and G. Urton. 2012. “Introduction: The Construction of Value in the Ancient World.” In J.K. Papadopoulos and G. Urton, eds., The Construction of Value in the Ancient World, 1-47. Los Angeles.

  • Pollard, A.M., and P. Bray. 2007. “A Bicycle Made for Two? The Integration of Scientific Techniques into Archaeological Interpretation.” Annual Review of Anthropology 36: 245-259.

  • Silliman, S.W. 2015. “A Requiem for Hybridity? The Problem with Frankensteins, Purées and Mules.” Journal of Social Archaeology 15: 277-298.

  • Stein, G., ed. 2005. The Archaeology of Colonial Encounters: Comparative Perspectives. Santa Fe.


Reception and Ethics



  • Chippindale, C. and Gill, D.W.J. 2000. “Material Consequences of Contemporary Classical Collecting.” American Journal of Archaeology 104: 463-511.

  • Hamilakis, Y, and E. Yalouri. 1999. “Sacralizing the Past: The Cults of Archaeology in Modern Greece.” Archaeological Dialogues 6 (1999): 115-135.

  • Hardwick, L. 2007. “Postcolonial Studies.” In C.W. Kallendorf, ed., A Companion to the Classical Tradition, pp. 312-327. Malden/Oxford.

  • Rutledge, S. 2012. Ancient Rome as a Museum: Power, Identity and the Culture of Collecting. Oxford.

  • Warren, K.J. 1999. “A Philosophical Perspective on the Ethics and Resolution of Cultural Properties Issues.” In The Ethics of Collecting Cultural Property: Whose Culture? Whose Property?, edited by P.M. Messenger, 1-25. Albuquerque.

  • Zimmerman, L.J., Vitelli, K.D. and Hollowell-Zimmer, J., eds. 2003. Ethical Issues in Archaeology. Walnut Creek.

    • Read chapters 2 and 6.




Greek and Roman World



  • Alcock, S. 1993. Graecia Capta: The Landscapes of Roman Greece. Cambridge.

  • Alcock, S.E., et al. 2005. “Reading the Landscape: Survey Archaeology and the Hellenistic Oikoumene.” In A Companion to the Hellenistic World, edited by A. Erskine, 354-372. Malden, MA.

  • Allison, P.M. 2004. Pompeian Households: An Analysis of the Material Culture. Los Angeles.

  • Barrett, C.E. 2015. “Material Culture.” In Oxford Handbook to Ancient Greek Religion, edited by Esther Eidinow and Julia Kindt, 112-130. Oxford.

  • Bérard, C., ed. 1989. A City of Images. Iconography and Society in Ancient Greece. Princeton, Trans. D. Lyons.

  • Bresson, A. 2016. The Making of the Ancient Greek Economy. Princeton.

  • Van Dommelen, P. 2012. “Colonialism and Migration in the Ancient Mediterranean.” Annual Review of Anthropology 41: 393-409.

  • Dougherty C., and L. Kurke, eds. 2003. The Cultures within Greek Culture: Contact, Conflict, Collaboration. Cambridge.

    • Read chapters by Antonaccio, Ober.



  • Elsner, J. 2007. Roman Eyes: Visuality and Subjectivity in Art and Text. Princeton.

  • Fejfer, J. 2008. Roman Portraits in Context. Berlin.

  • Finley, M.I. 1999. The Ancient Economy. Updated edition. Berkeley/Los Angeles.

    • Also read Foreword by I. Morris.



  • Graham, E.-J. 2009. “Becoming Persons, Becoming Ancestors: Personhood, Memory and the Corpse in Roman Rituals of Social Remembrance.” Archaeological Dialogues 16(1).

  • Greene, K. 2006. “Archaeological Data and Economic Interpretation.” In P.F. Bang et al., eds., Ancient Economies, Modern Methodologies: Archaeology, Comparative History, Models, and Institutions, 109-136. Bari.

  • Hales, S. 2003. The Roman House and Social Identity. Cambridge.

  • Hales, S., and T. Hodos, eds. 2010. Material Culture and Social Identities in the Ancient World. Cambridge.

    • Read Chaps. 1 (Hodos) and 2 (Antonaccio).



  • Hartmann, A. 2013. “Cui vetustas fidem faciat: Inscriptions and Other Material Relics of the Past in Graeco-Roman Antiquity.” In Inscriptions and Their Uses in Greek and Latin Literature, edited by P. Liddel and P. Low, 33-64. Oxford.

  • Himmelmann, N. 1998. Reading Greek Art, Princeton. Trans. H. A. Shapiro.

  • Hölscher, T. 2004. The Language of Roman Images. Cambridge. Trans. A. Snodgrass, A. Künzl-Snodgrass.

  • Hoffmann, H. 1979. “In the Wake of Beazley: Prolegomena to an Anthropological Study of Greek Vase-Painting.” Hephaistos 1: 61-70.

  • Laurence, R. 2007. Roman Pompeii: Space and Society. 2nd edition.

  • Liebeschuetz, W. 2001. Decline and Fall of the Roman City. Oxford

    •  First part.



  • Lissarrague, F. 1990. The Aesthetics of the Greek Banquet. Princeton. Trans. A. Szegedy-Maszak.

  • Malkin, I., 2011. A Small Greek World. Oxford.

  • Manning, S. 2013. “The Roman World and Climate: Context, Relevance of Climate Change, and Some Issues.” In W.V. Harris, ed., The Ancient Mediterranean Environment between Science and History, 103-172. Leiden/Boston.

  • Manning, S.W. and Hulin, L. 2005. “Maritime Commerce and Geographies of Mobility in the Late Bronze Age of the Eastern Mediterranean: Problematizations.” In E. Blake and A.B. Knapp, eds., The Archaeology of Mediterranean Prehistory, 270-302. Malden, MA.

  • Marvin, M. 2008. The Language of the Muses: The Dialogue between Greek and Roman Sculpture. Los Angeles.

  • McCormick, M., et al. 2012. “Climate Change during and after the Roman Empire: Reconstructing the Past from Scientific and Historical Evidence.” Journal of Interdisciplinary History 43(2): 169-220.

  • Millett, M. 1990. The Romanization of Roman Britain. An Essay in Archaeological Interpretation, Cambridge.

  • Morris, I. 1987. Burial and Ancient Society: The Rise of the Greek City-State. Cambridge.

  • Nevett, L.C. 1999. House and Society in the Ancient Greek World. Cambridge.

  • Osborne, R. 2007. “Sex, Agency, and History: The Case of Athenian Painted Pottery.” In Art’s Agency and Art History, edited by R. Osborne and J. Tanner, 179-198. Malden, MA.

  • Osborne, R. 2009. Greece in the Making, 1200–479 B.C. 2nd edition. London.

    • Read pp. 1-16, 66-152, 331-335.



  • Van Oyen, A. 2016. How Things Make History: The Roman Empire and Its Terra Sigillata Pottery. Amsterdam.

  • Petersen, L. 2006. The Freedman in Roman Art and Art History. Cambridge.

  • Pitts, M. & Versluys, M.J. (eds.). 2015. Globalization and the Roman World. Cambridge.

    • Read Introduction (Pitts and Versluys), Chap. 4 (Pitts), and Chap. 7 (Versluys).



  • Platt, V., and M. Squire, eds. 2010. The Art of Art History in Greco-Roman Antiquity (special issue of Arethusa). Arethusa 43.2.

  • de Polignac, F. 1994. “Mediation, Competition, and Sovereignty: The Evolution of Rural Sanctuaries in Geometric Greece.” In Placing the Gods: Sanctuaries and Sacred Space in Ancient Greece, edited by S. Alcock and R. Osborne, 247-261. Oxford.

  • Scheidel, W., I. Morris and R. Saller (eds). 2007. The Cambridge Economic History of the Greco-Roman World. Cambridge.

    • Read Introduction (Morris et al.), Chap. 12 (Davies), and Chap. 20 (Kehoe).



  • Settis, S., ed. 2015. Serial/Portable Classics. The Greek Canon and Its Mutations. Milan 2015.

  • Squire, M. 2009. Image and Text in Graeco-Roman Antiquity. Cambridge.

  • Trimble, J. 2011. Women and Visual Replication in Roman Imperial Art and Culture. Cambridge.

  • Trümper, M. 2012. “Gender and Space, ‘Public’ and ‘Private.’” In A Companion to Women in the Ancient World, eds. S.L. James and S. Dillon, 288-303. Malden, MA.

  • Versluys, M.J. 2014. “Understanding Objects in Motion: An Archaeological Dialogue on Romanization.” Archaeological Dialogues 21: 1-20.

    • Read Versluys’ article together with the following responses.



  • Wallace-Hadrill, A. 2008. Rome’s Cultural Revolution. Cambridge.

  • Zanker, P., and B. C. Ewald. 2012. Living with Myths. The Imagery of Roman Sarcophagi. Trans. J. Slater. Oxford 2012.

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