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The Archaeology of Nostalgia


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Preface 1. The Function of the Past in Greece: Our Sources 2. Fossilized History: Them Bones 3. Homes Fit for Heroes 4. Realia et Naturalia 5. Imaging the Past: Here be Monsters 6. Imaging the Past: Heroes and the Heroic 7. Conclusion Abbreviations * Notes * Acknowledgements * General Index * Testimonia * Indexes to Testimonia: Names and Places, Subjects

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An exploration of the making of myth and the exceptional imagination of a people creating the first modern civilization out of the relics of their past

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Sir John Boardman was born in 1927, and educated at Chigwell School and Magdalene College, Cambridge. He spent several years in Greece, three of them as Assistant Director of the British School of Archaeology at Athens, and he has excavated in Smyrna, Crete, Chios and Libya. For four years he was an Assistant Keeper in the Ashmolean Museum, Oxford, and he subsequently became Reader in Classical Archaeology and Fellow of Merton College, Oxford. He is now Lincoln Professor Emeritus of Classical Archaeology and Art in Oxford, and a Fellow of the British Academy, from whom he received the Kenyon Medal in 1995. He was awarded the Onassis Prize for Humanities in 2009. Professor Boardman has written widely on the art and archaeology of Ancient Greece.


'By combining literary and archaeological sources Sir John has given us a unique study which should appeal as much to anyone interested in mythic literature as to those fascinated by Greek civilization' - Contemporary Review

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