Artifact and Artifice: Classical Archaeology and the Ancient by Jonathan M. Hall

By Jonathan M. Hall

Is it attainable to track the footprints of the historic Sokrates in Athens? was once there particularly somebody named Romulus, and if that is so, whilst did he came across Rome? Is the tomb underneath the excessive altar of St. Peter’s Basilica domestic to the apostle Peter? to respond to those questions, we want either dust and words—that is, archaeology and heritage. Bringing the 2 fields into dialog, Artifact and Artifice offers an exhilarating expedition into the connection among old heritage and archaeology and divulges the probabilities and boundaries of utilizing archaeological facts in writing concerning the past.


Jonathan M. corridor employs a sequence of recognized circumstances to enquire how historians may perhaps forget about or reduce fabric facts that contributes to our wisdom of antiquity except it correlates with info gleaned from texts. Dismantling the parable that archaeological proof can't impart details by itself, he illuminates the methodological and political rules at stake in utilizing such proof and describes how the disciplines of historical past and classical archaeology should be enlisted to interact. He additionally offers a quick caricature of ways the self-discipline of classical archaeology developed and considers its current and destiny function in historic methods to antiquity. Written in transparent prose and full of maps, images, and drawings, Artifact and Artifice will be a necessary publication for undergraduates within the humanities.

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