Susan Dixon Reviews Archeological Books

Monday, December 05, 2011

Susan Dixon is Associate Professor of Art History

Susan Dixon, Associate Professor of Art History,  published reviews of three recent books dealing with the history of classical archaeology in the eighteenth century:  Dilettanti: The Antic and the Antique in Eighteenth-Century England , Digging and Dealing in Eighteenth-Century Rome , and The Society of Dilettanti: Archaeology and Identity in the British Enlightenment .  


These three recent books explore an eighteenth-century British engagement with classical archaeology during a time when the practice was transforming from an early modern antiquarianism into a modern scientific discipline.


All three authors consider the history of archaeology in the eighteenth century in the broadest possible terms, not least of which is in the shaping of cultural identity. It is an overlooked but rich area of investigation, situated between disciplines. Its exploration is worth the effort, as these books attest. 


The review appears on the College Art Association website



Mary Whitney