Greece in the Making 1200-479 BC / Edition 2

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"The challenge that faces the student of archaic Greece is this: how to understand the small communities of men and women scattered over mainland Greece, the Greek islands, the coast of Asia Minor, and, before long, over the coasts of Sicily, south Italy, and the Black Sea too, developed from the low level of organisation and poverty of material culture that we see in the ninth century BC, to the communities that laid the foundations of the cultural and political organisation of the western world of the fifth and fourth centuries". Osborne, in his quest to comprehend the cultural flowering of 'classica&lgrave; Greek civilisation, explores the haitus between the heights achieved by Minoans and Mycenaeans in the Bronze age and those of the fifth and following centuries. His reasoning is based on the evidence of texts, the archaeological record and artistic representation. The second edition updates the text with recent research and archaeological findings, as well as increasing the coverage on topics such as gender and sexuality which have grown in importance in current thinking. He also explains his approach more fully, setting out why, for example he feels the concept of the polis is an unhelpful one, and in fact almost impossible to pin down against a backdrop of far greater political diversity than is often admitted.
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'The present second perhaps the most up-dated and the most systematic of all such syntheses currently available in English.' - Palamedes
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415469920
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 4/23/2009
  • Series: Routledge History of the Ancient World Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 400
  • Sales rank: 1,490,747
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Table of Contents

List of figures
List of tables
List of texts
List of abbreviations
1 The Traditions of History 1
2 The Problem of Beginnings 19
3 Setting the Stage 53
4 Forming Communities: The Eighth Century BC 70
5 The World of Hesiod and of Homer 137
6 Reforming Communities: The Seventh Century 161
7 The Greek World in 600 BC 215
8 Inter-Relating Cities: The Short Sixth Century (600-520 BC) 243
9 The Transformation of Archaic Greece 520-479 BC 792
Epilogue 351
Bibliographical notes 356
Index 379
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