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The Athenian Agora: Site Guide (Fifth Edition) Paperback – 2010

ISBN-13: 978-0876616574 ISBN-10: 0876616570 Edition: 5th

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  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: The American School of Classical Studies at Athens; 5th edition (2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0876616570
  • ISBN-13: 978-0876616574
  • Product Dimensions: 0.2 x 5.2 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
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This is a very useful guidebook to what was once the civic and commercial centre of ancient Athens. The book is well organized and practical. It is small and light, yet it contains all the essential information needed to understand the Agora. The inclusion of maps, photographs (including aerial views), drawings and floor plans renders the identification of monuments easier for the visitor and is truly one of the strengths of this publication. This guidebook is an essential companion to the visitor of this fascinating site.' (Derek T. Irwin Bryn Mawr Classical Review 2010-01-00)

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John McK. Camp II is Director of Excavations at the Athenian Agora and Professor of Classics at Randolph-Macon College in Virginia.

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Jim Davis on December 20, 2005
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I have had the pleasure of excavating in Greece (as volunteer slave labor). I spent a good deal of time in the Athenian Agora. I felt that I had come to understand a lot of the layout and history of the location. But this book greatly magnified my understanding of what I had seen. For me, it was WONDERFUL to finally get the full story on the site that I thought I knew. The history of the Agora is very rich. This book will bring it to life for you. I'd give it twenty stars if it were possible.
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Quintus Rex on October 1, 2000
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Just as much as the Acropolis was the religious center of ancient Athens, the Agora was its commercial, governmental, and cultural heart. Camp and Renfrew's book finally gives this crucial site the attention and analysis it deserves.
The authors draw on the results of over a half-century of archaeological investigation to relate 1500 years of the city's history. From Athens' rise from obscurity in the days of Homer to its flowering as a military/cultural powerhouse in the 5th century, to the Hellenistic Age and the days of the Roman Empire, to the city's slow decline to the status of Byzantine backwater, this book reveals the evolution of the Agora in hundreds of color and black-and-white illustrations which truly breathe life into the ancient stones and the people who knew them.
The illustrations are sumptuous, and are the true centerpiece of the book. Scores of photographs illustrate the surviving walls and foundations of the Agora's buildings, and careful, clearly-rendered site plans and architectural elevations enable the reader to readily relate disparate elements of the structures and artifacts to their historical and cultural contexts. Accompanying the illustrations is a clear and lucid text which explains the history and the society that the Agora reflected and served.
I heartily recommend this book to those interested in archaeology, classical Greece, the Roman Empire, and urban planning. Echoing Peter Green's review, it's difficult to conceive that this book could have been done any better, and it is unlikely to be superseded for the foreseeable future.
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Written by the director of excavations of the Agora this book excels in a clear overview of what has been discovered about the commercial and social center in ancient Athens, the most important city in ancient Greece.
Well known to Archaeologist worldwide John Camp has worked exclusively at this site from his undergraduate days till the present Not only the best authority. Mr. Camps writing is lucid and the graphics and reconstructions thru drawings and models
allow for easy understanding.
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