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In Pursuit of Ancient Pasts: A History of Classical Archaeology in the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries

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The stories behind the acquisition of ancient antiquities are often as important as those that tell of their creation. This fascinating book provides a comprehensive account of the history and development of classical archaeology, explaining how and why artifacts have moved from foreign soil to collections around the world. As archaeologist Stephen Dyson shows, Greek and Roman archaeological study was closely intertwined with ideas about class and social structure; the rise of nationalism and later political ideologies such as fascism; and the physical and cultural development of most of the important art museums in Europe and the United States, whose prestige depended on their creation of collections of classical art. Accompanied by a discussion of the history of each of the major national traditions and their significant figures, this lively book shows how classical archaeology has influenced attitudes about areas as wide-ranging as tourism, nationalism, the role of the museum, and historicism in nineteenth- and twentieth-century art.

About the Author

Stephen L. Dyson isPark Professor of Classicsat SUNY-Buffalo and a past president of the Archaeological Institute of America. His books include Community and Society in Roman Italy,Ancient Marbles to American Shores, and The Roman Countryside.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780300134971
Subtitle:
A History of Classical Archaeology in the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries
Publisher:
Yale University Press
Author:
Dyson, Stephen L.
Subject:
General History
Subject:
Archaeology
Subject:
History
Subject:
Antiquities
Subject:
Classical antiquities
Subject:
Mediterranean Region Antiquities.
Subject:
Archaeology-General
Subject:
main_subject
Subject:
all_subjects
Publication Date:
20061026
Binding:
ELECTRONIC
Language:
English
Pages:
316

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