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In Pursuit of Ancient Pasts
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In Pursuit of Ancient Pasts: A History of Classical Archaeology in the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries

Stephen L. Dyson


The stories behind the acquisition of ancient antiquities are often as important as those that tell of their creation. This book provides a comprehensive account of the history and development of classical archaeology, explaining how and why artifacts have moved from foreign soil to collections around the world. Greek and Roman archaeological study was closely intertwined with ideas about class and social structure; the rise of nationalism and later political ideologies such as fascism; and the physical and cultural development of most of the important art museums in Europe and the United Stat ... More

Keywords: ancient antiquities, classical archaeology, class, social structure, nationalism, political ideologies, art museums, tourism, historicism

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2006 Print ISBN-13: 9780300110975
Published to Yale Scholarship Online: October 2013 DOI:10.12987/yale/9780300110975.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Stephen L. Dyson, author