Chariots and Other Wheeled Vehicles In Italy Before the Roman Empire
Three categories of wheeled transport are documented in early Italy – carts and chariots with two wheels and wagons with four. This study of their construction and harnessing presents a wide range of archaeological evidence, such as wall paintings, terracotta models and the remains of actual vehicles. In the final chapter Crouwel considers the relative economic and social importance of the different means of land transport.
Temples and Sanctuaries in the Roman East
Religious Architecture in Syria, Iudaea/Palaestina and Provincia Arabia
Arthur Segal presents an architectural study of 87 temples built at the eastern end of the Mediterranean between the first century BCE and the third century CE. With more than 380 photographs, plans and reconstruction drawings, the volume contains detailed descriptions of their internal and external space, dividing the temples into two main categories: those with Vitruvian designs derived from Hellenistic-Roman architecture and those more influenced by non-Vitruvian eastern sources.
Letter and Report on the Discoveries at Herculaneum
In his 1762 Letter (Sendschreiben) and 1764 Report (Nachrichten), the great art historian Winckelmann gave vivid eyewitness accounts of the early excavations at Roman sites on the Bay of Naples that were buried by the eruption of Vesuvius. This volume presents new translations of both texts, alongside contemporary illustrations depicting the finds that Winckelmann discusses. In her extensive introduction and annotations, Carol Mattusch places these letters in the political, cultural and intellectual contexts of modern archaeology’s formative years.
The Greeks Overseas
Their Early Colonies and Trade
Described by the TLS as ‘a masterly summary’, this is a classic study of the earliest Greek trading posts and colonies. Boardman explains what archaeology has revealed about the Greeks’ travels as far afield as southern Egypt and northern Spain; he also highlights how much Greek arts and culture owed to foreign influences. This fourth edition features an extra chapter on recently discovered evidence and fresh theoretical approaches to the interpretation of this important period of European history.
Identifying Roman Coins
A Practical Guide to the Identification of Site Finds in Britain
Focusing on the coins most commonly found in Britain, from the first to the late fourth century CE, this visual recognition guide teaches the practical skills required to identify Roman coin types. It enables collectors to confirm whether a coin is Roman and what metal it is made from, before using the line drawings to pinpoint its date and place of origin. First published in 1986. Second edition.
Bringing Carthage Home
The Excavations of Nathan Davis 1856–1859
Clergyman, adventurer and snake-handler Nathan Davis (1812–1882) proposed to the British Museum that he should acquire ‘Punic’ antiquities for its collections – and he did. This book recounts in detail the story behind Davis’s pioneering excavation of sites and removal of mosaics in Carthage.
The Derveni Krater
Masterpiece of Classical Greek Metalwork
The ‘Derveni krater’ is a large, ornamented vessel that was discovered in 1962 in fourth-century tombs at Derveni, near Thessaloniki. This illustrated, in-depth study examines the krater’s artistic origins and imagery and traces its journey from Classical Athens to Derveni.
The Complete Greek Temples
A leading authority on Greek archaeological sites, Professor Spawforth tells the story of Greek temples as a cultural phenomenon and follows their spread as far as Libya and Ukraine, stressing religion and politics as well as art and architecture, and later antiquity as well as classical Greece. This complete, fully illustrated survey traces the origins, rise and decline of collonaded temples, explains the practicalities of their construction, and presents an up-to-date gazetteer of Greek temple sites, arranged by region.