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I bought this book because I was looking for something about Greece. I thought it was about Greek architecture because I wasn’t paying that much attention since it was the only choice in Audible in the category of Greek history. So when I first started to listen to it, I was a little disappointed that it was about Greek and Roman Archaeology. Boy did my opinion change.
This audio book has 36 chapters covering the history of archeology, examples of different sites and social aspects (slaves and women).
The author, John Hale, is absolutely amazing. He tells stories in the old tradition, where you sit back and enjoy his voice, and lyrical tale. He somehow is able to wrap up the ending of each chapter with a wonderful bow that leaves you satisfied yet wanting more.
I came from very little knowledge about archaeology and left with a good basic understanding of the study. I will definitely try more of his lectures.
This deserves all the stars possible.
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Would you listen to Classical Archaeology of Ancient Greece and Rome again? Why?
It is quite possible that I will revisit parts of the lecture again, since both the passion that Mr. Hale (again) shows for his topic and the personal anecdotes he presents to illustrate the work of archaeologists are motivation to dig out some books again or, at the very least, open you eyes to the world around you.
What about Professor John R. Hale’s performance did you like?
Mr. Hale loves what he does, he is passionate and absolutely able to let his audience participate in his excitement. This is far more than one can say about most scholars, tutors or self-acclaimed specialists on any topic. Even if Mr. Hale at times seems to go a (very tiny) bit overboard with his confidence in what he sees as the "right interpretation", he always manages to get "back on track" and, in comforting contrast to some other lecturers, reminds the student of the "greater picture" and that there might always be more questions than answers in archaeological "evidence". <br/>This is exactly what some European "old school" history professors need: To take one or twenty steps back from their high-handedness, and, may be, get their hands dirty.
Any additional comments?
Mr. Hale takes his audience on a tour through the history of archaeology. He shows what he considers the beginnings of this profession, telling a lot of - both personal and handed down - anecdotes that illustrate how conception of archaeology and its self-image have changed over time. <br/>In the second part he lights up some more or less known excavations (that have been discussed "to death" elsewhere) by putting them into historical context, linking their background to archaeologists he described in his overview of the profession. This gives a far more complete image of what we learn from such undertakings (the excavations) and the interpretation of the findings, it also puts some perspective on what is going on world-wide at ancient sites today.<br/><br/>A really worth-while listening, touching far more than "only" dusty dirty grave-digging.
5 of 5 people found this review helpful
Good speaker, well presented and in a light enough way that didn't get boring. Subject covered comprehensively. Made me even more determined to go for a degree in archaeology!
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
Great series of lectures. Really enjoyed listening to them and learning about the world of archaeology.
I should have read the review properly. I did not realise it was actually separate lectures. I wanted it to flow and have more classical content instead of archeology history.
I did not finish or get very far into it.
I do not want to rate it poorly just because it was not what I wanted.