"A masterful interdisciplinary compendium. . . . No volume has so successfully mined the riches of literature and history in pursuit of archeological evidence."-Publishers Weekly; "Those seeking a straightforward, up-to-date, and wonderfully well-illustrated account of the monumental history of Athens will find themselves well served for several years to come."-Robin Osborne, Times Literary Supplement; "One of the few must-have books for every scholar and student, every library and every individual concerned with archaeology. . . . An invaluable guide to further explorations for many visitors, students, and scholars."-Linda Jones Roccos, Bryn Mawr Classical Review; "This up-to-date book on archaeological Athens and Attica will fit in perfectly with courses dealing with ancient Greece in general and with classical Greek art and architecture in particular."-R. Ross Holloway, Brown University
Author Biography: John M. Camp is director of the Agora excavations of the American School of Classical Studies at Athens and professor of classics at Randolph-Macon College.
The director of the Agora excavations of the American School of Classical Studies in Athens, John M. Camp (The Athenian Agora), presents a masterful interdisciplinary compendium, The Archaeology of Athens. Camp, also a classics professor at Randolph-Macon College, draws from Herodotus, Aristotle, Plutarch, Pausanias and inscriptions found at various sites; on the temple on the Acropolis it reads, among numerous details, "Two leaves of gold were bought for gilding the two eyes of the column, from Adonis, living in Melite: 2 drachmas." He also describes the men responsible for various building projects (Perikles, e.g., gets his due), the buildings' uses and, in some cases, their destruction parts of the Acropolis were brought down, for instance, during the Peloponnesian War. Though Athenian art and architecture have been paid consistent scholarly attention, perhaps no volume has so successfully mined the riches of literature and history (along with 257 b & w and 19 color illustrations) in pursuit of archeological evidence. (Jan.) Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.