What objects would have been familiar to people living in Classical Greek society more than two millennia ago? This book allows readers to understand what life in this ancient period in Greece was like through artifacts from domestic life, religion, politics, transportation, entertainment, and more.
Studying the Classical Greek period is more difficult than studying historic eras within the last century, as there are no photographic images or video clips of events that document that world more than 2,000 years ago. But through the careful examination of artifacts from that long-ago time, it is possible to get a clear sense of what life was like during that period. Artifacts from Ancient Greece provides an opportunity to investigate key aspects of everyday life in Classical Greece, from childhood through death. Each artifact is discussed in depth to explain its place in Greek culture and how it was used.
The artifacts discussed in the book are drawn from the Classical period of Greek history, the same period during which Athens built its greatest temples, started its philosophical movements, and reached its high point in theater, literature, and historical works. However, the selection of artifacts draws from a wide sample of society in order to avoid focusing only on the lives of the rich. Written by a historian who is also trained as an archaeologist, the book begins with an explanation of the concept of using artifacts to understand and "see" the past and provides a primer for effectively analyzing artifacts. Readers can examine images of artifacts, consider relevant primary sources, and read detailed explanations of each item's historical context together in an accessible, single resource suited for both student research and general reading.
- Provides students with the opportunity to analyze and interpret both artifacts and primary sources, making this book an excellent complement to curricula that are increasing their focus on the use of a variety of primary sources
- Allows readers to assemble a cohesive overall impression of Classical Greek life and society through artifacts that range from a legionary weapon and a medical scalpel to a wax tablet for writing, a bread oven, and a sundial
- Includes primary source documents such as excerpts of histories, biographies, legal texts, inscriptions, medical texts, plays, and works of poetry
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Daily Life through Artifacts
Daily Life through Artifacts presents a collection of objects and artifacts from daily life that shed light on key aspects of social life and culture for specific historical periods or topics. Each artifact is illustrated with large images, showing interesting detail and allowing for close-up study. The series serves to demonstrate how objects and artifacts can be "read" as primary sources to provide greater insight into the people and societies who created and used them. Each title in the series provides guidance with the background material for these objects as well as guidance on how to analyze an object or artifact. Readers will not only learn about the daily life of past societies but also gain the skills of observation and assessment needed to analyze the objects and draw meaningful conclusions from them about their context and significance.
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