New Approaches to Ancient Material Culture in the Greek & Roman World

21st-Century Methods and Classical Antiquity


New Approaches to Ancient Material Culture in the Greek & Roman World is about Classical Archaeology at its broadest and is important reading to all Classicists. As part of a recent movement to highlight the rich diversity of the subject it overcomes traditional disciplinary boundaries to show the variety of current approaches to the study of Classical Antiquity from the Late Bronze Age to the Late Antique period. The multi-disciplinary papers deal with archaeology and art history, museum objects and fieldwork data, ancient texts and material culture, archaeological theory and historiography, and technical and literary analysis. The international contributors discuss a selection of methodologies currently used to study ancient material, and illustrate their relevance through case studies which span the Greek and Roman world.

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Kate Cooper (Ph.D. London, 2007) is Research Associate at the Royal Ontario Museum, Toronto and lectures at the University of Toronto. She specialises in Archaic Greece and has curated displays at the Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge and the Royal Ontario Museum.

Contributors are: Nicola Barham, Sarah H. Blake, Anna Collar, C. L. (Kate) Cooper, Jennifer Dyer, Julie Hruby, Jeff Maish, Sarah C. Murray, Dimitri Nakassis, Magdalena Öhrman, Kevin Pluta, Philip Sapirstein, David Saunders, Karen Trentelman.
"In sum, this volume deserves a place in every major research library, where readers from a wide range of specialties will find several essays of interest." - Seth Pevnick, in: BMCR 2021.08.29
A Note to the Reader
List of Figures and Tables
Notes on the Contributors

Introduction: Old and New Approaches to Ancient Material Culture
Catherine L. Cooper (Kate Cooper)

Part 1: Adopting Approaches

1 Networks, Connectivity, and Material Culture
Anna Collar

2 Big Data and Greek Archaeology: Potential, Hazards, and a Case Study from Early Greece
Sarah Murray

3 Biography of the Bull-Leaper: A ‘Minoan’ Ivory Figurine and Collecting Antiquity
Catherine L. Cooper (Kate Cooper)

Part 2: Material Approaches

4 Labour Organisation and Energetics of Early Archaic Architecture in Korinthos
Philip Sapirstein

5 Collaborative Investigations into the Production of Athenian Pottery
David Saunders, Karen Trentelman, and Jeffrey Maish

6 “Everything impossible”: Admiring Glass in Ancient Rome
Nicola Barham

Part 3: ‘Reading’ Material

7 The Pylos Tablets Digital Project: Prehistoric Scripts in the 21st Century
Dimitri Nakassis, Kevin Pluta, and Julie Hruby

8 Objects and Things in Classical Literature
Sarah Blake and Jennifer Dyer

9 The Soundscape of Textile Work in the Roman World: Old Sources & New Methods
Magdalena Öhrman

Index of Ancient Sources Cited or Mentioned

General Index
Advanced undergraduates, graduates, and faculty interested in all aspects of the culture, art history, archaeology, or material of the Classical world from the Late Bronze Age to Late Antiquity.
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