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

Publisher: New Haven, CT : Yale University Press, [2008] ©2008
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : Government publication : EnglishView all editions and formats
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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  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Material Type: Document, Government publication, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
ISBN: 9780300134971 0300134975
OCLC Number: 1024051348
Language Note: In English.
Description: 1 online resource : 40 b/w illus.
Contents: Frontmatter --
Contents --
Preface --
Acknowledgments --
Chapter 1. The Protohistory Of Classical Archaeology --
Chapter 2. The Foundations Of Classical Archaeology --
Chapter 3. The Opening Of Greece --
Chapter 4. Nationalism And National Traditions Before The Great War --
Chapter 5. The Emergence Of The Great Museums In Europe And America --
Chapter 6. Political Ideology And Colonial Opportunism During The Interwar Period --
Chapter 7. After World War Ii: Capitalism, Corporatism, And Marxism --
Afterword --
Notes --
Bibliography --
Index
Responsibility: Stephen L. Dyson.
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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.

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