Thursday, January 19, 2012

Archaeology Of Greece: An Introduction By William R. Biers

Archaeology of Greece: An Introduction

Archaeology Of Greece: An Introduction By William R. Biers

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  • Amazon Sales Rank: #32658 in Books
  • Published on: 1996-08
  • Original language: English
  • Number of items: 1
  • Dimensions: .2 pounds
  • Binding: Paperback
  • 350 pages
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful.
4Excellent but with some flaws
By hjonkers
`The Archaeology of Greece' is an excellent book to introduce you to the numerous treasures the Greek world has left behind. Aside from plain information about the artefacts, the book also pays a lot of attention to the social background of the time. As the modern scope of archaeology lies mainly in explaining the past rather than just discovering pots and pans, this information is very welcome. Overall I find that Biers has done an excellent job in writing the book. His information is thorough and detailed and you never get the feeling that something is unclear. The illustrations are superb: you'll find a lot of nice pictures inside that are not just decoration but an essential part of the text.

Yet, I take one star off because the presentation of the book isn't always as good. First, there is very little `division' in each chapter. Each of the ten chapters has a division into art, architecture, sculpture, painting and mosaics and miscellaneous stuff. But it is not enough. For example, one of the chapters is about a few late-classical sculptors, among them Praxiteles, Skopas and Lysippos. All you see though, is one long batch of text under the header `sculpture'. Especially for students like me, it would be so much more helpful to divide `sculpture' into more parts and put more heads in the text, for example one with `Praxiteles' and one with `Lysippos', etcetera. Now it sometimes becomes unclear what the author is really talking about. Additionally, the author gives a lot of information about different sculptors and styles, but he seldom compares them. And IF he does, the lack of any heads makes the information very difficult to find.

Another strange thing was the connection between pictures and text. It often happens that the picture a text refers to, is one or two pages ahead of the text itself. So if page 167 refers to figure 9.25, you have to turn the page before you know what it is about. I think this problem could have been avoided easily with some better editing. Alas, the book has some typographical problems but on the level of information it's very useful and informative. I just hope these flaws will be removed in the next edition, but still recommend the book.

5 of 5 people found the following review helpful.
5Good introduction and up-to-date scholarship
By A Customer
If you want a nice introduction to the archaeology of the Greek world, this book is a must. With up-to-date archaeological discoveries and theories, lovely pictures, and useful information on all subjects, one truly feels enlightened about the subject through reading this book. A must for all!

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful.
4Nice outline of Ancient Greek Archaeology
By A Customer
This book provides the student of Ancient Greece with the foundations of Greek art and architecture. His book is not dry and read fairly quickly (he even managed to make me laugh a few times!) and his expertise is evident in every aspect. I enjoyed reading this book and feel that it deepened my knowledge of this subject.

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