Greek Archaeology for Historians seeks to challenge the
predominance of literature as witness to the classical past, and
instead to integrate archaeological and historical approaches to
understanding the world of Ancient Greece.
With such a wealth of surviving literature from the classical
world, there has long been an over-reliance on literary records of
the past, and even a tendency to view or distort archaeological
remains as "proof" of literary history. The purpose of this book is
to provide students of Greek history with a guide to the ways in
which the archaeology of the Greek World may contribute to, enlarge
and even challenge the interpretation of the past through textual
evidence. Using case studies from across the wide range of topics
in Greek archaeology and culminating in the example of the "Tomb of
Philip II" at Vergina, this book draws together the threads of
archaeology, history, science and art history in the study of
Greek Archaeology for Historians will be a crucial guidebook for
students and teachers of ancient history who are keen to expand
their knowledge of the period 's archaeology, and will be a
valuable resource for archaeology students studying the Greek
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