Greece in the Making 1200-479 BC

Greece in the Making 1200-479 BC

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by Robin Osborne
     
 

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Greece in the Making 1200–479 BC is an accessible and comprehensive account of Greek history from the end of the Bronze Age to the Classical Period. The first edition of this book broke new ground by acknowledging that, barring a small number of archaic poems and inscriptions, the majority of our literary evidence for archaic Greece reported

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Greece in the Making 1200–479 BC is an accessible and comprehensive account of Greek history from the end of the Bronze Age to the Classical Period. The first edition of this book broke new ground by acknowledging that, barring a small number of archaic poems and inscriptions, the majority of our literary evidence for archaic Greece reported only what later writers wanted to tell, and so was subject to systematic selection and distortion. This book offers a narrative which acknowledges the later traditions, as traditions, but insists that we must primarily confront the contemporary evidence, which is in large part archaeological and art historical, and must make sense of it in its own terms.



In this second edition, as well as updating the text to take account of recent scholarship and re-ordering, Robin Osborne has addressed more explicitly the weaknesses and unsustainable interpretations which the first edition chose merely to pass over. He now spells out why this book features no ‘rise of the polis’ and no ‘colonization’, and why the treatment of Greek settlement abroad is necessarily spread over various chapters. Students and teachers alike will particularly appreciate the enhanced discussion of economic history and the more systematic treatment of issues of gender and sexuality.


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Rather than starting with the traditional beginning of Greek history in 776 BC, Osborne (Corpus Christi College, Oxford) begins with the twelfth through ninth century, a period often neglected by histories of archaic Greece. He shows how history can be written for this period, going beyond tradition and exploiting the literature, art, and archeology of the period. In the process, he presents new information and recent references to the latest scholarship. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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'The present second edition...is perhaps the most up-dated and the most systematic of all such syntheses currently available in English.' - Palamedes

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781134104895
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
03/16/2009
Series:
Routledge History of the Ancient World
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
400
Sales rank:
1,364,753
File size:
7 MB

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