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Volume 1 Handbook of Greek Sculpture. Add to Cart. ISBN Prices are subject to change without notice. Prices do not include postage and handling if applicable. Free shipping for non-business customers when ordering books at De Gruyter Online. Please find details to our shipping fees here. Print Flyer Recommend to Librarian. Book Book Series. The Handbook of Greek Sculpture aims to provide a detailed examination of current research and directions in the field. The various survey and analytical essays in this volume provide specific answers to questions relating to ancient technology and engineering in classical antiquity and serve as an excellent starting point for further investigation by providing current bibliographies of major scholarship on the subjects covered.

The embracing purpose of this series, I believe, is to make the Oxford Handbooks the acknowledged first place to go to gain entry into an unfamiliar aspect of the ancient world. The scope of this work is vast and ambitious—the inclusion of engineering and technology from the classical world in one large volume pages. Rather, he instructed his contributors to review recent scholarship and issues relating to their topics and to provide introductory essays that synthesize current and past scholarship and assess the impact of these technologies on the societies that produced them.

In this regard, this volume transcends the more traditional approach to ancient technology and engineering, which tends to be descriptive in character. This handbook moves beyond this convention and aims to highlight the technological and engineering achievements of the classical world while seeking to understand these accomplishments in the social context of the eras that spawned them.

Oleson was certainly the correct choice for editor of such a work. In his own right, he stands as one of the foremost scholars in the field of ancient technology. He judiciously selected an international panel of 31 scholars to write the 33 chapters that appear in this work. Any anthology, of course, is only as good as its individual contributions. Sometimes, if good fortune, a careful selection of contributors, and judicious editing combine, the sum can be better than the parts, as is the case in this compilation.

In spite of its size, all contributors faced the same problem of how best to use their allotted space. Their common problem was to decide what should be included vs. This reviewer was pleased with the decisions made by all the contributors, except with regard to the number of figures. The total number is high , but surprisingly, because of their distribution, there are actually too few for a book of this magnitude and gravitas. Some chapters appropriately include none, while others skimp on illustrations when more would have been salutary. Oleson was successful in convincing those scholars whose research we might expect to see in such a work to contribute articles on their special interests.

For example, Blackman was the perfect choice to write on ancient harbor technology—updating and expanding his earlier seminal articles on ancient harbors while including a new examination of ancient ship sheds, a current research interest. Lancaster provides a panoptic survey and analysis of recent scholarship on Roman engineering and construction.

Wilson and Greene both offer three wide-ranging and thoughtful essays, while Wikander and Ulrich each contribute two. The only scholar who does not appear, whom one might legitimately expect to see listed in the table of contents, is Oleson himself. While his decision not to contribute substantively to his own anthology is understandable, it is regrettable nonetheless that this volume does not benefit from at least one article on some aspect of his own research on ancient technology.

Without parsing each individual contribution in detail, one can say that all chapters justify their inclusion in what is destined to become a standard in the field. It is not by definition a monographic treatment, but for what it is—a superb research tool intended to inform and to guide scholars and advanced students approaching an unfamiliar field—there is nothing of equal importance now available. One can purchase this handbook with confidence that it will have a long shelf life and provide an invaluable gateway to the world of engineering and ancient technology in classical antiquity for years to come.

My only issue with this publication is the consistent quality of its concise treatments of complex subjects. In fact, for all who have been, are now, or will be involved in the burgeoning explosion of handbooks relating to antiquity, be advised. The bar of excellence has just been raised to a much higher level. Robert L. Published online at www. This is a comment on Robert L. Hohlfelder has a general objection to the layout of the book: the number of illustrations is too low. There are more than , but in a book like this, he says, it is not enough. I agree with him. However, I can understand that the editor had to restrict the number of illustrations.

The book is already very long.

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What to do? There is an easy solution to this dilemma: split the book into two volumes and you can add some 50 pages of illustrations to each of them.

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It is a shame the editor or the publisher did not choose this solution. Again, I agree with him. This omission is unfortunate. Obviously, there should be a similar section in chapter The editor should have returned the first version of chapter 27 to the author and asked her to add a section about naval warfare. Why did he not do this?

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I have another general objection to the layout of the book: all references to ancient sources and modern works are placed in the text. It would have been better to place them in footnotes at the bottom of the pages.

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Today this is easy to do. The computer can do it for you. The editor mentions this issue is a note about abbreviations and spelling norms:. Hohlfelder says all authors are well-chosen and all chapters are well-written. On this point I do not agree with him. In my opinion, some chapters are better than others. Among the many good chapters I will mention the following:. There is nothing about the months and the year; there is nothing about Greek and Roman calendars. This omission is unfortunate, since a calendar is an important element of timekeeping.

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His chapter is mainly descriptive; there is almost no analysis, almost no interpretation, even though the editor asked the contributors to avoid a purely descriptive approach. Italy is the center of the empire, but with regard to size it is only a fraction the empire. The most famous bridge in the Roman Empire, Alcantara, in western Spain, near the border with Portugal, is not even mentioned here. Most of the works are written in Italian, and most of the Italian works are written by the author himself.

Some important English works are not listed here. If the author did not know then, then the editor could and should have added them:. In this case we are not talking about unfortunate omissions.

Some parts of the text are misleading, or perhaps even false. Raepsaet mentions and rejects the traditional view of the ancient harness system represented by the French author Lefebvre des Noettes, whose book on this topic was published in Raepsaet mentions and supports the French author Jean Spruytte, who tried to refute the traditional view in a book published in French in Raepsaet and Spruytte claim the traditional view is based on evidence which is limited and misunderstood.

This claim is highly dubious, and in a funny twist Raepsaet himself delivers the evidence needed to refute it.

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One of the illustrations in his chapter is a picture of a funerary monument at Gorsium in Pannonia Inferior, in present-day Hungary figure The monument is divided into three sections. The upper section is a relief which shows a local woman Flavia Usaiu, while the lower section gives a Latin inscription. The text explains that Flavius Titucus erected this monument out of respect for his mother. The central section is relevant for the topic of this chapter: it is a relief which shows a carriage and two animals.

If you look closely at the relief, you can see that the collar is placed on the throat and not on the shoulders of the animals. In other words: this picture, taken by Raepsaet himself, supports the traditional view, which Raepsaet wants to refute!

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Bodel is listed as the author of this book. In fact, he is the editor page The volume is correct, but the year is false. Volume 86 was published in page But supplement 48 about the same topic published by JRA in is not listed. Literacy in the Roman West. Bowman and Greg Woolf hardcover , paperback is not listed either. C The siege of Masada is mentioned in chapter The text page does not say when this event took place. The caption to figure This is the traditional date, which seems to be untenable. Most modern scholars prefer the following year, AD His name is Hormuzd Rassam, he lived , and he was an archaeologist and a diplomat.

Why is he only identified by his last name? The items mentioned above A-D are minor flaws. But I am disappointed to see that they are repeated in the paperback version published in Why were they not detected and corrected before the publisher ordered the paperback version to be printed? The caption says: "Working reconstruction of the first century AD water-lifting device discovered at Gresham St.

The model was indeed placed in the rotunda in front of the Museum of London in and remained there for several years. The story is quite famous. It is mentioned briefly in several modern books.