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Art and the Greek city state : an interpretive archaeology /
Michael Shanks.
imprint
Cambridge ; New York, N.Y. : Cambridge University Press, 1999.
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xv, 237 p. : ill.
ISBN
0521561175
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imprint
Cambridge ; New York, N.Y. : Cambridge University Press, 1999.
isbn
0521561175
local note
Title on jacket and spine: "Art and the early Greek state : an interpretive archaeology."
catalogue key
2926699
 
Includes bibliographical references and index.
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Appeared in Choice on 2000-03:
Among the city-states of ancient Greece, Corinth was a city sui generis. As a mercantile hub, pottery producer, colonizer, sailors' haven, metal-craft center, and home to Aphrodite's prostitution cult, the classical city was uniquely tied to the social networks of the wider Mediterranean world. This book focuses on the self-definition and formation of the polis during the 8th and 7th centuries BCE. Shanks, known for his postmodern critiques of classical archaeology, is particularly interested in the city's design in the broadest sense, which can be approached through its visual images, production and consumption of pottery, trade, and warfare. Casting his interpretation of Corinthian pottery in terms of its "workmanship of risk" and its "visual ideology of masculine sovereignty," Shanks aims at the commodification of the aristocratic community's values and self-image, which constitutes for him "an archaeology of the ineffable." Informed by Marxist and structuralist approaches, this associative method juxtaposes imagery, behavior, and poetry against a quantitative background of graphics and tables. Not all readers will accept Shank's challenging approach or interpretations, yet raising new questions yields intriguing connections and produces a view of Corinth that seems excitingly new and often compelling. Upper-division undergraduates and above. S. Langdon; University of Missouri--Columbia
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‘Shanks’s is a fascinating book which … is produced to the extremely high standard that we have come to expect from this series … it fascinates precisely because of the rich detailed data of which it gives glimpses.’Journal of Hellenic Studies
'I expect the book to be useful to those pursuing research in a range of humanities disciplines ...'. The Journal of Classics Teaching
'Shanks's is a fascinating book which ... is produced to the extremely high standard that we have come to expect from this series ... it fascinates precisely because of the rich detailed data of which it gives glimpses.' Journal of Hellenic Studies
'Shanks's is a fascinating book which ... is produced to the extremely high standard that we have come to expect from this series ... it fascinates precisely because of the rich detailed data of which it gives glimpses.'Journal of Hellenic Studies
'I expect the book to be useful to those pursuing research in a range of humanities disciplines …'.The Journal of Classics Teaching
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Adopting an interdisciplinary approach, Michael Shanks raises important questions about the links between design and manufacture, political & social structures and culture and ideology in the ancient Greek world.
Description for Bookstore
Michael Shanks's challenging contribution to recent debates on the emergence of Greek city states in the first millennium BC draws on a range of disciplines. He interprets the art and archaeological remains of Korinth to elicit connections between new urban environments, foreign trade, warfare, and the ideology of male sovereignty.
Description for Bookstore
Michael Shanks’s challenging contribution to recent debates on the emergence of Greek city states in the first millennium BC draws on a range of disciplines. He interprets the art and archaeological remains of Korinth to elicit connections between new urban environments, foreign trade, warfare, and the ideology of male sovereignty.
Description for Library
Michael Shanks has written a challenging contribution to recent debates on the emergence of the Greek city states in the first millennium BC. He interprets the art and archaeological remains of Korinth to elicit connections between new urban environments, foreign trade, warfare, and the ideology of male sovereignty. His interdisciplinary perspective draws on an anthropologically informed archaeology, ancient history, art history, material culture studies and structural approaches to the classics, and raises large questions about the links between design and manufacture, political and social structure, and culture and ideology.
Main Description
Widely known as an innovative figure in contemporary archaeology, Michael Shanks has written a challenging contribution to recent debates on the emergence of the Greek city states in the first millennium BC. He interprets the art and archaeological remains of Korinth to elicit connections between new urban environments, foreign trade, warfare, and the ideology of male sovereignty. Adopting an interdisciplinary perspective, which draws on an anthropologically informed archaeology, ancient history, art history, material culture studies and structural approaches to the classics, his book raises large questions about the links between design and manufacture, political and social structure, and culture and ideology in the ancient Greek world.
Table of Contents
Introduction
The design of archaic Korinth: the question of a beginning and an interpretive archaeology
Craft production in the early city state: some historical and material contexts
Early archaic Korinth: design and style
Consumption: perfume and violence in a Sicilian cemetery
Trade and the consumption of travel
Art, design and the constitutive imagination in the early city state
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