Thursday, 23 June 2011

New in paperback: Rediscovering Antiquity. Karl Weber and the Excavation of Herculaneum, Pompeii and Stabiae

Congratulations to Christopher Parslow on the reprinting of his excellent book 'Rediscovering Antiquity'! Now it's in paperback there's no excuse why we shouldn't all have a copy!

Rediscovering Antiquity
Karl Weber and the Excavation of Herculaneum, Pompeii and Stabiae
Christopher Charles Parslow, Wesleyan University, Connecticut
(Cambridge University Press, 1998), ISBN 9780521646642

This book examines the early history of the excavations at three important sites of classical antiquity, which came to light in 1738 through the life and work of Karl Jakob Weber, who supervised these investigations from 1750 to 1765. While many of his contemporaries sought only the recovery of precious antiquities to the exclusion of the architectural remains, Weber sought to retrieve evidence of the ancient urban fabric and to relate his discoveries to their archaeological context, thereby establishing the first systematic approach for the excavations. He also proposed a revolutionary manner for publishing his findings, in which all of the works of art from an individual site would appear together with detailed plans, drawings, and commentary drawn from classical and modern sources. His methods were to influence all subsequent publications of contemporary rediscoveries throughout Europe. Based on original excavation documents and plans, contemporary correspondence and the extant archaeological remains.

You can buy a copy from CUP for £14.99 in the UK or for $24.99 in the US. Alternatively, get free shipping if you order it from Amazon UK, or cheaper shipping from Amazon USA.


1 comment:

Jackie and Bob at pompeiiinpictures said...

We'll order one straight away.

But we're not in UK or USA !!

What about Australia, don't we deserve some decent books !!!!

Jackie & Bob at Pompeiiinpictures.

PS. Only joking, we recently received Andrew's Herculaneum, Past and Future from the UK, in a matter of only a few days. It's been read cover to cover - we feel a Herculaneuminpictures coming on !!!!!

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