By Kurt A. Raaflaub, Hans van Wees

A scientific survey of archaic Greek society and tradition which introduces the reader to quite a lot of new ways to the interval.

  • The first accomplished and available survey of advancements within the learn of archaic Greece
  • Places Greek society of c.750-480 BCE in its chronological and geographical context
  • Gives equivalent emphasis to tested themes reminiscent of tyranny and political reform and more moderen matters like gender and ethnicity
  • Combines debts of ancient advancements with nearby surveys of archaeological proof and in-depth remedies of chosen themes
  • Explores the effect of jap and different non-Greek cultures within the improvement of Greece
  • Uses archaeological and literary facts to reconstruct extensive styles of social and cultural development

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His publications include From Rulers’ Dwellings to Temples: Architecture, Religion and Society in Early Iron Age Greece, 1100–700 BC (1997); Homer and Archaeology (2000, in Greek) as well as co-edited volumes on Kea-Kythnos: History and Archaeology (1998), and Oropos and Euboea in the Early Iron Age (2007). Catherine Morgan is Director of the British School at Athens and Professor of Classical Archaeology at King’s College London. Her interests focus on the art and archaeology of Early Iron Age and archaic Greece, with particular reference to the Peloponnese and western Greece.

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Nor, as contact by sea with the rest of the Eastern Mediterranean gathered pace again after ca. 900, could they avoid awareness that out there, “beyond the noble Ocean” (Hesiod, Theog. 215), lay cultures and societies which could look, and in many ways were, vastly richer and older than their own: Egypt especially made a great impression. That is not to deny that there had been significant disruption throughout the Eastern Mediterranean between ca. 1200 and ca. 1000, or that late Mycenaean Greece in particular had experienced some sort of systems failure, generating depopulation, political and cultural discontinuity, and the felt need to create a new order of society.

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