The AAIA operates an extensive archaeological library from its Sydney premises. Access to the collection is for bona 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.
The final round of acquisitions the AAIA Library for 2019, and our first readings for the new decade, share a common thread of connectedness across all the categories that we purchase. Conferences, monographs, festschriften and primary excavation reports.
Exciting new research by archaeologists and historians has been focused on re-examining the many and changing roles played by connectedness and mobility in shaping the cultural histories and contributing to the resilience of communities in the Mediterranean from earliest prehistory to the recent past.
In the 21st century we have a real ability to both examine and model long term patterns of ecological change. Archaeologists and historians are using these tools not only to model long term patterns, but also, through detailed and complete documentation of everyday objects, to explore microhistories of interactions, archaeological moments in time, of ordinary people. [farmers and traders, artisans and cooks, architects and town planners, philosophers and artificers]. The interplay between shared traditions and adoptions and adaptions of innovations both reflect and can be instrumental in bringing about broader changes in social history. These trends are exemplified in the following acquisitions:
- N. Chr. Stampolidis, C. Maner, and K. Konstantinos (eds.): Nostoi: Indigenous culture, migration and integration in the Aegean islands and Western Anatolia during the Late Bronze and Early Iron Ages (2015)
- J. Leidwanger and C. Knappett (eds.), Maritime Networks in the Ancient Mediterranean World (2018). Movement and Mobility Between Egypt and the Southern Levant in the Second Millennium BCE (2019)
- S. Wallace, Travellers in Time. Imagining Movement in the Ancient Aegean World (2018)
- J.G. Manning, The Open Sea. The Economic Life of the Ancient Mediterranean World from the Iron Age to the Rise of Rome (2018)
- R. Morais, D. Leão and D. Rodríguez Pérez (eds.), Greek Art in Motion: Studies in Honour of Sir John Boardman on the Occasion of his 90th Birthday (2019)
- D. Mulliez (ed.), Thasos. Metropole et Colonies. Actes du Symposion International a la Mémoire de Marina Sgourou (2017)
And, to round off the year, we have chosen to showcase the acquisition of the very hard to find exhibition catalogue: A World of Emotions: Ancient Greece 700 BC-200 AD, from the exhibition co-curated by Professor Angelos Chaniotis, held at the Onassis Cultural Center, New York, March 9 – June 24, 2017. The catalogue has particular resonance for us, as many of the ideas that underpin the philosophy of the exhibition were presented to Australian audiences in 2013 during Professor Chaniotis’s tenure as the AAIA Visiting professor.
– Beatrice McLoughlin