The European Iron Age / Edition 2

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Overview

This ambitious study documents the underlying features which link the civilizations of the Mediterranean - Phoenician, Greek, Etruscan and Roman - and the Iron Age cultures of central Europe, traditionally associated with the Celts. It deals with the social, economic and cultural interaction in the first millennium BC which culminated in the Roman Empire.
The book has three principle themes: the spread of iron-working from its origins in Anatolia to its adoption over most of Europe; the development of a trading system throughout the Mediterrean world after the collapse of Mycenaean Greece and its spread into temperate Europe; and the rise of ever more complex societies, including states and cities, and eventually empires.
Dr Collis takes a new look at such key concepts as population movement, diffusion, trade, social structure and spatial organization, with some challenging new views on the Celts in particular.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415151399
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 9/27/1984
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 192
  • Lexile: 1470L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 7.44 (w) x 9.69 (h) x 0.42 (d)

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations 6
Preface 8
1 Attitudes to the Past 9
Population movement and ethnicity 10
Diffusion 14
Trade 15
Social structure 18
Spatial organisation 20
Chronology 23
2 The Old Order 26
The origin of iron working 28
The end of Mycenaean Greece 32
Iron working in Greece 34
Proto-Geometric Greece 34
Late Bronze Age Europe 36
3 Reawakening in the East 39
The ninth century 39
Greece and Cyprus in the eighth century 46
Italy in the eighth century 58
4 The Trade Explosion 62
Greece in the seventh century 62
Etruscan civilisation 65
Situla Art 66
Central and western Europe in the seventh century 73
Hallstatt D, 600-475 BC 81
5 The Tide Turns, 500-250 BC 103
The classical world of Greece 103
The classical world of Italy 108
Northern Italy and southern France 108
Orientalising in central Europe: La Tene A 113
La Tene B-C - the age of migration 126
6 The Economic Revival 139
La Tene C, second century BC 145
The oppida 149
7 The Roman Empire and Beyond 158
Britain 158
Germany 173
The impact of conquest 175
Notes and bibliography 181
Index 189
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