Athens, Attica, and the Megarid: An Archaeological Guide

Athens, Attica, and the Megarid: An Archaeological Guide

Athens, Attica, and the Megarid: An Archaeological Guide

Athens, Attica, and the Megarid: An Archaeological Guide

Synopsis

This exciting new guide is the ideal companion to Greece if you are a traveller with historical and archaeological interests, as it combines practical information with impeccable scholarly research.Written by an expert on Greece's landscape and archaeology, the guide is unique in exploring a wide range of sites off the beaten track. It also tours all the best-known monuments and regions, from the Acropolis to Aegina, from Megara to Marathon and from Sounion to Salamis.Beautifully illustrated with over 200 plates, maps, plans and drawings, it includes:* precise descriptions of routes and individual sites* artistic, historical, social and political background* unprecedented coverage outside Athens* detailed exploration of the post-classical, Byzantine and post-Byzantine periods.Take it with you on your travels or read it at home; either way, you will gain a deeper appreciation and enjoyment of Greece's history and archaeology.

Excerpt

The idea for this guidebook arose from a sojourn of several years in Greece. During this period it became clear from visits to many sites that, in spite of the large number of tourist guides dealing with Greece (especially with Athens, Attica and the Megarid), there was no guide which really filled the need for reliable academic information, and which gave accurate information on routes and detailed descriptions of less well-known sites. the present book attempts to fill this gap.

While working on this guidebook I was able to make use of the library and photographic archive of the German Archaeological Institute in Athens. the guidebook has greatly profited from this and from lively discussions with colleagues in the Institute and with O. Palagia who read the manuscript and the proofs and proposed many corrections - an inestimable help. I thank P.A. Mountjoy for some information on the prehistoric sites; she translated the German manuscript.

I could not have written this guidebook without the unfailing support and active help of my wife in the many stages of its preparation. I dedicate it to her as a souvenir of our excursions over the years.

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