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The fortifications of Arkadian city states in the Classical and Hellenistic periods
Maher, Matthew, author
Oxford, United Kingdom : Oxford University Press, 2017
This illustrated study comprises a comprehensive and detailed account of the historical development of Greek military architecture and defensive planning, specifically in Arkadia in the Classical and Hellenistic periods. Employing data gathered from the published literature, and collected during the field reconnaissance of every site, the fortification circuit of each Arkadian polis is explored. In this way, the book provides an accurate chronology for the walls in question; an understanding of the relationship between the fortifications and the local topography; a detailed inventory of all the fortified poleis of Arkadia; a regional synthesis based on this inventory; and the probable historical reasons behind the patterns observed through the regional synthesis. Maher argues that there is no evidence for fortified poleis in Arkadia during the Archaic period. However, when the poleis were eventually fortified in the Classical period, the fact that most appeared in the early fourth century BC, strategically distributed in limited geographic areas, suggests that the larger defensive concerns of the Arkadian League were a factor.
Baker Berry DF261.A68 M34 2017

Cultural identity in Minoan Crete : social dynamics in the Neopalatial period
Adams, Ellen, author
Cambridge, United Kingdom : Cambridge University Press, 2017
Neopalatial Crete - the 'Golden Age' of the Minoan Civilization - possessed palaces, exquisite artefacts, and iconography with preeminent females. While lacking in fortifications, ritual symbolism cloaked the island, an elaborate bureaucracy logged transactions, and massive storage areas enabled the redistribution of goods. We cannot read the Linear A script, but the libation formulae suggest an island-wide koine. Within this cultural identity, there is considerable variation in how the Minoan elites organized themselves and others on an intra-site and regional basis. This book explores and celebrates this rich, diverse and dynamic culture through analyses of important sites, as well as Minoan administration, writing, economy and ritual. Key themes include the role of Knossos in wider Minoan culture and politics, the variable modes of centralization and power relations detectable across the island, and the role of ritual and cult in defining and articulating elite control.
Baker Berry DF221.C8 A33 2017

Knowing bodies, passionate souls : sense perceptions in Byzantium
edited by Susan Ashbrook Harvey and Margaret Mullett
Washington, DC : Dumbarton Oaks Research Library and Collection, [2017]
Introduction / Susan Ashbrook Harvey and Margaret Mullett -- Sense lives of Byzantine things / Glenn Peers -- The materiality of sensation in the art of the late Middle Ages / Martina Bag noli -- Perceptions of sound and sonic environments across the Byzantine acoustic horizon / Amy Papalexandrou - Kalophonia and the phenomenon of embellishment in Byzantine psalmody / Spyridon Antonopoulos -- Geographies of silence in late antiquity / Kim Haines-Eitzen -- Scent, sound, and the senses in Islamic gardens of Al-Andalus / D. Fairchild Ruggles -- Olfactory associations with the past in premodern Greece / Felipe Rojas and Valeria Sergueenkova -- The work of holy oil / Susan Ashbrook Harvey -- Struggling with Romanos's dagger of taste / Thomas Arentzen -- Monks baking bread and salting fish : an archaeology of early monastic ascetic taste / Darlene L. Brooks Hedstrom - Byzantine Christianity and tactile piety (fourth-fifteenth centuries) / Béatrice Caseau - - A touch of violence : feeling pain, perceiving pain in Byzantium / Galina Tirnanić -- To touch or not to touch : erotic tactility in Byzantine literature / Ingela Nilsson -- Virtual sensations and inner visions : words and the senses in late antiquity and Byzantium / Ruth Webb -- Bitter waters and dew of rest : corruption and creation in two late ancient Jewish hymns / Laura Suzanne Lieber -- The spiritual senses, monastic and theological / Marcus Plested.

"Byzantine culture was notably attuned to a cosmos of multiple dominions: material, bodily, intellectual, physical, spiritual, human, divine. Despite a prevailing discourse to the contrary, the Byzantine world found its bridges between domains most often in sensory modes of awareness. These different domains were concretely perceptible and were encountered daily amidst the mundane no less than the exalted. Icons, incense, music, sacred architecture, ritual activity; saints, imperial families, persons at prayer; hymnography, ascetical or mystical literature: in all of its cultural expressions, the Byzantines excelled in highlighting the intersections between human and divine realms through sensory engagement (whether positive or negative). Byzantinists have been slow to look at the operations of the senses in Byzantium, especially those of seeing, its relation to the other senses, and phenomenological approaches in general. More recently, work on smell and hearing has followed that on seeing, and yet the areas of taste and touch--the most universal and most necessary of the senses--are still largely uncharted. Nor has much been done to explore how Byzantines viewed the senses, or how they envisaged the sensory interactions with their world. A map of the connections between sense-perceptions and other processes (of perception, memory, visualization) in the Byzantine brain has still to be sketched out. How did the Byzantines describe, narrate, or represent the senses at work? It is hoped to further studies of how individual senses in Byzantium operated in the context of all the senses, and their place in Byzantine thought about perception and cognition. Recent work on dreaming, on memory, and on the emotions has made advances possible, and collaborative experiments between Byzantinists and neurological scientists open further approaches. The happy coincidence of this symposium with the upcoming Garden and Landscape Studies Symposium, 'Sound and Scent in the Garden, ' and a forthcoming exhibition at the Walters Art Museum on the five senses enables cross-cultural comparisons that include gardens in Islamic Spain, Hebrew hymnography, Syriac wine-poetry, Mediterranean ordure, and Romanesque and Gothic precious objects that were not just looked at but also touched, smelled, and heard. Architects, musicologists, art historians, archaeologists, philologists can all contribute approaches to the revelation of the Byzantine sensorium"--Publisher's website.
Baker Berry DF531 .K55 2017

Greece : a literary guide for travellers
Carroll, Michael, 1935- author
London : I.B.Tauris, 2017
"If in the library of your house you do not have the works of the ancient Greek writers then you have a house with no light" George Bernard ShawThere is so much in the modern world which has its origins in Greece, most notably language and literature. As Shelley once said, "We are all Greeks". This small, rugged, sea-girt country has the longest written history in Europe. Her myths and legends, so deeply embedded in Western consciousness, and her sublime landscapes, so infused with history, have been muse for writers, artists and travellers for millennia. Travelling from Athens to the scattered islands of the Ionian and Aegean seas, the words of literary titans in the West echo through the centuries: from Homer and Plato to Byron, Flaubert and Twain; Henry Miller to John Fowles; the Durrells to Patrick Leigh Fermor and Cavafy, Kazantzakis and Seferis. Their luminous portraits of Greece - poignant, provocative, always entertaining - enrich our own experiences of the country and shed light on a dramatic and often tragic past."--Publisher's description.
Baker Berry DF78 .C267 2017

Procopius of Caesarea : literary and historical interpretations
edited by Christopher Lillington-Martin and Elodie Turquois
London ; Routledge Taylor & Francis Group, 2018
Baker Berry DF505.7.P7 P76 2018

The decadence of Delphi : the oracle in the second century AD and beyond
Heineman, Kristin M., author
Abingdon, Oxon ; Routledge, an imprint of the Taylor & Francis Group, 2018
The history of Delphi -- Plutarch and the duality of Delphi -- Delphi: sacred space and cultural memory -- Theological oracles for Didyma -- Theological oracles from Claros -- Occult practices: astrology -- Theurgy and soteriology -- Conclusion.

"Examining the final years of Delphic consultation, this monograph argues that the sanctuary operated on two connected, yet distinct levels: the oracle, which was in decline, and the remaining religious, political and social elements at the site which continued to thrive. In contrast to Delphi, other oracular counterparts in Asia Minor, such as Claros and Didyma, rose in prestige as they engaged with new 'theological' issues. Issues such as these were not presented to Apollo at Delphi and this lack of expertise could help to explain why Delphi began to decline in importance. The second and third centuries AD witnessed the development of new ways of access to divine wisdom. Particularly widespread were the practices of astrology and the Neoplatonic divinatory system, theurgy. The monograph examines the correlation between the rise of such practices and the decline of oracular consultation at Delphi, analyzing several examples from the Chaldean Oracles to demonstrate the new interest in a personal, soteriological religion. These cases reveal the transfer of Delphi's sacred space, which further impacted the status of the oracle. Delphi's interaction with Christianity in the final years of oracular operation is also discussed. Oracular utterances with Christian overtones are examined along with archaeological remains which demonstrate a shift in the use of space at Delphi from a 'pagan' Panhellenic center to one in which Christianity is accepted and promoted."--Provided by publisher.
Baker Berry DF261.D35 H45 2018

Elis : internal politics and external policy in ancient Greece
Bourke, Graeme, author
Abingdon, Oxon ; Routledge, an imprint of the Taylor & Francis Group, 2018
The land and its people -- Communities and sanctuaries -- The question of Pisa -- Archaic political events -- Synoikism and democracy -- External relations in the archaic and early classical periods -- Between the Arkhidamian and Dekeleian Wars -- The Eleian War -- The early fourth century BC -- The middle fourth century BC -- A new context, 338-222 BC -- Resistance and subjection, 221-146 BC -- Conclusion.

"Elis examines the city of Elis from its earliest history, through the Archaic period and the Classical period where it reached its zenith, to its decline in the Hellenistic, Roman and later periods. Through examining this prominent city-state, its role in contemporary politics and the place of Olympia in its territory, Graeme Bourke allows the reader to explore broader issues, such as the relationship between the Spartans and their various allies, often collectively referred to as 'the Peloponnesian League', the connection between political structures and Panhellenic sanctuaries, and the network of relationships between various ancient sanctuaries throughout the Greek-speaking world. The volume, which makes available in English for the first time much of the debate about the city, provides a valuable resource for students and academics studying the city of Elis, the Peloponnese and the relationships within it, and pre-Hellenistic Greece as a whole."--Provided by publisher.
Baker Berry DF261.E42 B66 2018

Thucydides on strategy : grand strategies in the Peloponnesian war and their relevance today
Platias, Athanasios G., 1956- author
New York : Oxford University Press, [2017]
Baker Berry DF229.T6 P53 2017

Interpreting the seventh century BC : tradition and innovation
edited by Xenia Charalambidou and Catherine Morgan
Oxford : Archaeopress Publishing Ltd, [2017]
This book has its origin in a conference held at the British School at Athens in 2011 which aimed to explore the range of new archaeological information now available for the seventh century in Greek lands. It presents material data, combining accounts of recent discoveries (which often enable reinterpretation of older finds), regional reviews, and archaeologically focused critique of historical and art historical approaches and interpretations. The aim is to make readily accessible the material record as currently understood and to consider how it may contribute to broader critiques and new directions in research. The geographical focus is the old Greek world encompassing Macedonia and Ionia, and extending across to Sicily and southern Italy, considering also the wider trade circuits linking regional markets. The book does not aim for the pan- Mediterranean coverage of recent works: given that much of the latest innovative and critical scholarship has focused on the western Mediterranean in particular, it is necessary to bring old Greece back under the spotlight and to expose to critical scrutiny the often Athenocentric interpretative frameworks which continue to inform discussion of other parts of the Mediterranean.
Baker Berry DF77 .I57 2017