Discovering the Greek Countryside at Metaponto

Joseph Coleman Carter
Explores one of the earliest and most comprehensive archeological explorations of rural Greece


Though the Greeks were generally thought to be city-dwellers, with a primarily urban culture, the polis was much more than a thriving city. It included a chora or very sizeable agricultural territory where farmers worked and lived to produce the means of subsistence for the urban population, as well as a surplus for trade. Discovering the Greek Countryside at Metaponto explores one of the earliest and most comprehensive archaeological explorations of these "other Greeks."

The book aims to inform archaeologists, students, and scholars about the previously overlooked evidence regarding the ancient Greek countryside.

Joseph Coleman Carter is Director of the Institute of Classical Archaeology; Centennial Professor of Classical Archaeology at the University of Texas at Austin.

Praise / Awards

  • "Unveiling the ancient landscape is the greatest recent achievement of Mediterranean archaeology and the Metaponto Project is its prime showpiece."
    —Anthony Snodgrass, Emeritus Professor in Classical Archaeology, Cambridge University
  • "A one-volume summation of some three decades of path-breaking field research in southern Italy. This exploration of a Greek colonial hinterland employs an astounding range of methods: from satellite imagery, to facial reconstruction, to regional survey, to iconographical analysis of red-figure vases. With this bold combination of techniques old and new, the book demonstrates exceedingly well the developing ‘new paradigm’ in classical archaeology."
    —Susan Alcock, John H. D'Arms Collegiate Professor of Classical Archaeology and Classics, The University of Michigan

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Product Details

  • 7 x 10.
  • 320pp.
  • 14 B&W photographs, 156 color photographs, 23 drawings, 12 charts, 58 maps.
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  • Hardcover
  • 2006
  • Available
  • 978-0-472-11477-1

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  • $104.95 U.S.