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Old lands : a chorography of the Eastern Peloponnese

Author: Christopher Witmore
Publisher: Abingdon, Oxon ; New York : Routledge, 2020.
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"Old Lands takes readers on an epic journey through the legion spaces and times of the Eastern Peloponnese, trailing in the footsteps of a Roman periegete, an Ottoman traveler, antiquarians, and anonymous agrarians. Following waters in search of rest through the lens of Lucretian poetics, Witmore reconstitutes an untimely mode of ambulatory writing, chorography, mindful of the challenges we all face in these  Read more...
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Witmore, Christopher.
Old lands.
Abingdon, Oxon : Routledge, 2020
(DLC) 2019055747
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Christopher Witmore
ISBN: 9780815363439 0815363435 9780815363446 0815363443
OCLC Number: 1129787398
Description: xxviii, 564 pages : illustrations (some color), maps ; 24 cm
Contents: The measure of the Morea? --
Lines in stone: Roads, canals, walls, faults, and marine terraces --
Ancient Corinth: Descent into memory, ascent into oblivion --
Acrocorinth: From gate to summit --
Along the A7 (Moréas), by car --
Kleonai to Nemea --
Nemea: A transect --
An erstwhile aqueduct: Lucretian flow --
To Mykenes station, by train --
About Mycenae, history and archaeology --
A path to the Heraion --
Through groves of citrus to Argos --
Argos, a democratic polis and Plutarch's Pyrrhus, a synkrisis (comparison) --
Modern spectacle through an ancient theatre --
Argos to Anapli on the hoof, with a stop at Tiryns --
A stroll through Nafplion --
The road to Epidaurus: Frazer and Pausanias --
Paleolithic to Bronze Age amid Venetian: A museum --
To Asine: Legal objects --
To Vivari, by boat --
Into the Bedheni Valley --
Through the Southern Argolid --
Ermioni/Hermion/Kastri: A topology --
Looking southwest, to what has become of an ancient oikos --
Across the Adheres, iterations --
Troizen, verdant and in ruin --
To Methana --
Into the Saronic Gulf --
On chorography.
Other Titles: Chorography of the Eastern Peloponnese
Responsibility: Christopher Witmore.

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"Old Lands takes readers on an epic journey through the legion spaces and times of the Eastern Peloponnese, trailing in the footsteps of a Roman periegete, an Ottoman traveler, antiquarians, and anonymous agrarians. Following waters in search of rest through the lens of Lucretian poetics, Witmore reconstitutes an untimely mode of ambulatory writing, chorography, mindful of the challenges we all face in these precarious times. Turning on pressing concerns that arise out of object-oriented encounters, Old Lands ponders the disappearance of an agrarian world rooted in the Neolithic, the transition to urban-styles of living, changes in communication, movement, and metabolism, while opening fresh perspectives on long-term inhabitation, changing mobilities, and appropriation through pollution. Carefully composed with those objects encountered along its varied paths, this book offers an original and wonderous account of a region in twenty-seven segments, and fulfills a longstanding ambition within archaeology to generate a polychronic narrative that stands as a complement and alternative to diachronic history. Old Lands will be of interest to historians, archaeologists, anthropologists and scholars of the Eastern Peloponnese. Those interested in the long-term changes in society, technology and culture across time in this region will find this book captivating"--

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"In this bold and experimental work, Christopher Witmore brilliantly renews and transforms the genre of chorography. A book that defies categorization, it is part history, part travel diary, part Read more...

 
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