The AAIA operates an extensive archaeological library from its Sydney premises. Access to the collection is for bone fide scholars, including third and fourth year students, postgraduate researchers and academics from Australian and international universities.

The AAIA’s Library is held within the Centre for Classical and Near Eastern Studies of Australia, where the collections of the Near Eastern Archaeological Foundationsand the Department of Classics and Ancient History are also co-located. The current character of the collection is that it has acknowledged strengths in the following areas:

  • Archaeological volumes and periodicals about Greece, particularly those written in Modern Greek
  • Site reports
  • Books relating to Red Figure vase painting
  • Greek Collection and Guilds / Catalogues
  • Archaeological Archives relating to the Institute‟s excavations at Torone and Zagora
  • An internationally important collection of photographs relating to Italiote red figure vase painting

There are approximately 5,000 volumes at present, in addition to archival materials.

Recent Acquisitions

We are pleased to report that the holdings of the AAIA library continue to expand thanks to the generous endowment of the Hon. David Levine. This year, it seems, we are celebrating the finer things in life with several acquisitions on subjects including the art of metal working, feasting, and artistic workshops.

Demonstrating spectacular artistic achievements in metal working are three richly illustrated volumes: Metal Vases and Utensils in the Vassil Bojkov Collection, Gold and Bronze: Metals, Technologies and Interregional Contacts in the Eastern Balkans during the Bronze Age and Das goldene Antlitz des unbekannten Makedonenkönigs: Makedonen und Kelten am Ohrid-See – ein Zusammenprall der Kulturen?

On the rather appetising topic of feasting we acquired the volumes, Feasting, Craft and Depositional Practice in Late Bronze Age Palaepaphos; The Well Fillings of Evreti and To Die in Style! The Residential Lifestyle of Feasting and Dying in Iron Age Stamna, Greece.

New research continues to expand the field of workshop technologies and artistic production and we are delighted to present the following new offerings: Pottery Technologies and Sociocultural Connections between the Aegean and Anatolia during the 3rd Millennium BC, Pithecusan Workshops, Il quartiere artigianale di S. Restituta di Lacco Ameno (Ischia) e i suoi reperti, and Athens, Etruria, and the Many Lives of Greek Figured Pottery.

The following acquisitions explore the connections between complex networks that existed in the ancient world, Change, Continuity, and Connectivity: North-eastern Mediterranean at the Turn of the Bronze Age and in the Early Iron Age and Archaeology across frontiers and borderlands: fragmentation and connectivity in the North Aegean and the Central Balkans from the Bronze Age to the Iron Age.

New purchases also include Eudaimón. Studies in Honor of Jan Bouzek, Archaeology, ideology and urbanism in Rome from the grand tour to Berlusconi, Encyclopaedic Dictionary of Phoenician Culture, and Giganti e gigantomachie tra Oriente e Occidente: catalogo della mostra, Museo Archeologico Nazionale di Napoli, 15 novembre 2013-31 marzo 2014. To round off our acquisitions for the first half of 2019 we have also expanded our serial holdings with volumes 2-3 of the Journal of Greek Archaeology and volumes 6-7 of Mégara Hyblaea.

– Charlotte Kowalski
Levine Library Assistant


Dr Stavros Paspalas – Acting Director
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