New Book Chronicle

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Aegean archaeology is not only producing admirable new reports (see the reviews by Susan Sherratt, Jane Renfrew and Oliver Dickinson in Antiquity 80 (310) for December 2006), but is also becoming reflexive. Two books in particular, Mythos and Archaeology and European Modernity probe deeply into the way the past is constructed and consumed. Following this lead, the March 2007 New Book Chronicle explores this theme, taking in along the way books and films that portray or analyse aspects of Bronze Age to Classical Greece and Asia Minor, and completes the armchair tour on the shores of southern Italy and the banks of the Nile and Indus.

Building the past in the Aegean

PASCAL DARCQUE, MICHAEL FOTIADIS & OLGA POLYCHRONOPOULOU (ed.). Mythos: La prehistoire egeenne du XIXe au XXIe siecle apres J.-C. Actes de la table ronde internationale d'Athenes, 21-23 novembre 2002 (Bulletin de Correspondance Hellenique, Supplement 46). iv+400 pages, 56 illustrations. 2006. Athenes/Paris: Ecole Francaise d'Athenes/De Boccard; 2-86958-195-5 paperback 80 [euro] .

Y. HAMILAKIS & N. MOMIGLIANO (ed.). Archaeology and European Modernity: Producing and Consuming the 'Minoans' (Creta Antica 7). 296 pages, 62 illustrations, 1 table. 2006. Padova: Aldo Ausilio/Bottega d'Erasmo; 978-88-6125-007-9 paperback.

LYVIA MORGAN (ed.). Aegean Wall Painting." A Tribute to Mark Cameron (British School at Athens Study 13). 250 pages, 24 colour plates, 186 b&w illustrations, 7 tables. 2005. London: British School at Athens; 0-904887-49-9 hardback 79 [pounds sterling].

CLAIRY PALYVOU. Akrotiri, Them: An Architecture of Affluence 3,500 Years OM (Prehistory Monograph 15 of the Institute of Aegean Prehistory). xxviii+210 pages, 257 illustrations, 10 colour plates, 4 tables. 2005. Philadelphia (PA): Institute of Aegean Prehistory Academic Press; 1-931534-14-4 hardback 40 [pounds sterling].

MARTIN M. WINKLER (ed.). Troy: From Homer's Iliad to Hollywood Epic. xi+236 pages, 20 plates. 2007. Oxford, Malden (MA) & Victoria: Blackwell; 1-4051-3182-9 hardback 55 [pounds sterling] & $74.95 & AUS$165; 1-4051-3183-7 paperback 19.99 [pounds sterling] & $29.95 & AUS$48.95.

STEPHEN L. DYSON. In Pursuit of Ancient Pasts: A History of Classical Archaeology in the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries. xvi+316 pages, 40 illustrations. 2006. New Haven & London: Yale University Press; 978-0-300-11097-5 hardback 30 [pounds sterling].

CRAIG A. MAUZY with JOHN McK. CAMP II. Agora Excavations 1931-2006: A Pictorial History. 128 pages, 267 b&w & colour illustrations. 2006. Princeton (NJ): American School of Classical Studies at Athens; 0-87661-910-3 paperback $15, 9 [pounds sterling] & 15 [euro].

SUSAN I. ROTROFF & ROBERT D. LAMBERTON. Women in the Athenian Agora. 56 pages, 71 b&w & colour illustrations. 2006. Princeton (NJ): American School of Classical Studies at Athens; 0-87661-644-9 paperback $4.95, 3.50 [pounds sterling] & 4.95 [euro].

CAROL L. LAWTON. Marbleworkers in the Athenian Agora. 52 pages, 58 b&w & colour illustrations. 2006. Princeton (NJ): American School of Classical Studies at Athens; 0-87661-645-7 paperback $4.95, 3.50 [pounds sterling] & 4.95 [euro].

Mythos and Archaeology and European Modernity should be read in tandem, and both make thoroughly engrossing reading. These two symposia, one held at the French School in Athens in 2002 (DARCQUE, FOTIADIS & POLYCHRONOPOULOU), the other in Venice in 2005 (HAMILAKIS & MOMIGLIANO) pursue similar lines of enquiry: the emphasis of the French volume is more historiographical and considers a longer time span (Neolithic, Minoan, Mycenaean) and wider area (to include parts of the Balkans, Asia Minor and Cyprus), the Italian/British collection is more overtly concerned with how Minoan archaeology fits the modern European agenda, from discovery, through interpretation, to current public perception. …