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The Archaeology of Greece and Rome

Studies in Honour of Anthony Snodgrass

Edited by John Bintliff, Keith Rutter

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Contributions to Greek and Roman archaeology and history, inspired by the work of Anthony Snodgrass

Over his long and illustrious career as Lecturer, Reader and Professor in Edinburgh University (1961-1976), Lawrence Professor of Classical Archaeology at Cambridge (1976-2001) and currently Fellow of the McDonald Institute of Archaeology at Cambridge, Anthony Snodgrass has influenced and been associated with a long series of eminent classical archaeologists, historians and linguists.

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Preface, John Bintliff and Keith Rutter

List of Contributors

List of Abbreviations

Section I: Prehistory

1. ‘The coming of the Greeks’ and all that, Oliver Dickinson

2. Archaeology and the archaeology of the Greek language, Torsten Meissner

3. Survey, excavation and the appearance of the early polis: a reappraisal, Vladimir Stissi

Section II: Around Homer

4. Homer and the ekphrasists: text and picture in the Elder Philostratus’s Scamander (Imagines I.1), Jas Elsner and Michael Squire

5. Homer’s audience: what did they see? Annie Schnapp

6. Homer and the Sculptors, Nigel Spivey

Section III: the Archaic and Classical Greek World

7. Potters, hippeis and gods at Penteskouphia (Corinth) – 7th. to 6th. cents. BC, Bruno D’Agostino and M. G. Palmieri

8. Space, Society, Religion: a short retrospective and prospective note, François de Polignac

9. Modelling the territories of Attic demes: a computational approach, Sylvian Fachard

10. Hesiod and the disgraceful shepherds. Pastoral politics in a panhellenic Dichterweihe? José Gonzáles

11. ‘Is painting a representation of visible things?’ Conceptual reality in Greek art: a first sketch, Tonio Hölscher

12. Coins in a ‘home away from home’: the case of Sicily, Keith Rutter

Section IV: The Greeks and their Neighbours

13. Life on earth and death from heaven, Ernst Künzl

14. The idea of an archetype in texts stemming from the empire founded by Cyrus the Great, Gregory Nagy

Section V: The Roman and Much Wider World

5. Loropéni and other large enclosed sites in the south-west of Burkina Faso: an outside archaeological view, Henry Hurst

16. The poetry of ruins in the Greek and Roman world, Alain Schnapp

17. Context matters: Pliny’s Phryges and the Basilica Aemilia in Rome, Rolf Schneider

Section VI: Anthony Snodgrass in the University and in the Field: Personal Histories

18. Anthony in Edinburgh, Keith Rutter

19. Anthony McElrea Snodgrass and the Classics Faculty in Cambridge: a personal appreciation, Paul Cartledge

20. The first thirty-six years of the Boeotia Project, Central Greece, John Bintliff

About the Author

John Bintliff is Emeritus Professor of Classical and Mediterranean Archaeology at Leiden University and Emeritus Professor at the University of Edinburgh. He is the author of The Complete Archaeology of Greece: From Hunter-Gatherers to the 20th Century AD (2012), The Death of Archaeological Theory? ( 2011), Conceptual Issues in Environmental Archaeology (EUP, 1988). He is the editor of A Companion to Archaeology (2003).

Keith Rutter is Honorary Fellow & Professor Emeritus in Classics at the University of Edinburgh. He has published widely on the coinage and history of South Italy and Sicily in the Greek period. His publications include Campanian Coinages 475-380 BC (1979) and Greek Coinages of Southern Italy and Sicily (1997). He has been responsible for steering the Italian volume of the third edition of Historia Numorum towards publication (2001) by the British Museum Press.


The authors of this book, former colleagues or students of Anthony Snodgrass, offer excellent and in part personal contributions that demonstrate in a wide variety of ways the lasting impact of his scholarship - an attracting force that clearly stimulated the distinguished interdisciplinary papers collected here.

- Franziska Lang, Professor of Classical Archaeology at the Technische Universität Darmstadt

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