Useful and interesting for any research library or lover of archaeology and the classics, this work describes famous sites, artifacts, and figures from antiquity...The information provided includes major historical events, significant dates and discoveries, and artifactual and scientific details as well as additional bibliographic information, cross-references to complementary entries, and some illustrations.
This illustrated encyclopedia is the first to treat the history of classical archaeology. It is especially strong in identifying those individuals throughout history who fostered the study of antiquity. The subject matter includes the visual remains of ancient Greece and Rome, the Bronze Age Aegean, the Etruscans, and remains of these cultures in other areas, such as France and Asia Minor....The scholarly nature of this encyclopedia will make it especially valuable to students, researchers, and teachers of archaeology, classics, history, and art and architectural history, and to curators in museums. Reading these volumes, one is struck with the fascination men and women have had with antiquity. Despite political upheavals and natural disasters, people have continued to seek the past. This volume adds immeasurably to that effort.
The encyclopedia is well constructed and a fascinating 'good read.' It is certain to be a much-used resource in larger public and school libraries and in all college and university libraries.
The range of the material is impressive....Scholars and general readers in every area of ancient studies will enjoy the sketches of their predecessors (is't it time we had a one-volume, English-language biographical dictionary of classical scholarship?) and the information about distinguished research institutions. Interesting connections spring off almost every page.
The long-awaited and much-needed ^IEncyclopedia of the History of Classical Archaeology^R will fill a huge gap among the resources available to teachers, students, and the public at large. The wide selection of subjects discussed includes artists and architects, scholars and antiquarians, archaeologists and historians from the Renaissance onward whose work forms the core of the discipline....For anyone interested in the history of classical archaeology, this new book will provide a compact, yet far-reaching resource on a wide range of related subjects. I recommend it enthusiastically.
I foresee that this will be a necessary reference work in any major library and will have wide use not only by classicists but also by researchers working in the related subjects like the history of humanistic scholarship and the evolution of the classical tradition.