Oxford Handbook of the Bronze Age Aegean

Oxford Handbook of the Bronze Age Aegean

by Eric H. Cline
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Oxford University Press, USA
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Oxford Handbook of the Bronze Age Aegean

The Greek Bronze Age, roughly 3000 to 1000 BCE, witnessed the flourishing of the Minoan and Mycenean civilizations, the earliest expansion of trade in the Aegean and wider Mediterranean Sea, the development of artistic techniques in a variety of media, and the evolution of early Greek religious practices and mythology. The period also witnessed a violent conflict in Asia Minor between warring peoples in the region, a conflict commonly believed to be the historical basis for Homer's Trojan War. The Oxford Handbook of the Bronze Age Aegean provides a detailed survey of these fascinating aspects of the period, and many others, in sixty-six newly commissioned articles. Divided into four sections, the handbook begins with Background and Definitions, which contains articles establishing the discipline in its historical, geographical, and chronological settings and in its relation to other disciplines. The second section, Chronology and Geography, contains articles examining the Bronze Age Aegean by chronological period (Early Bronze Age, Middle Bronze Age, Late Bronze Age). Each of the periods are further subdivided geographically, so that individual articles are concerned with Mainland Greece during the Early Bronze Age, Crete during the Early Bronze Age, the Cycladic Islands during the Early Bronze Age, and the same for the Middle Bronze Age, followed by the Late Bronze Age. The third section, Thematic and Specific Topics, includes articles examining thematic topics that cannot be done justice in a strictly chronological/geographical treatment, including religion, state and society, trade, warfare, pottery, writing, and burial customs, as well as specific events, such as the eruption of Santorini and the Trojan War. The fourth section, Specific Sites and Areas, contains articles examining the most important regions and sites in the Bronze Age Aegean, including Mycenae, Tiryns, Pylos, Knossos, Kommos, Rhodes, the northern Aegean, and the Uluburun shipwreck, as well as adjacent areas such as the Levant, Egypt, and the western Mediterranean. Containing new work by an international team of experts, The Oxford Handbook of the Bronze Age Aegean represents the most comprehensive, authoritative, and up-to-date single-volume survey of the field. It will be indispensable for scholars and advanced students alike.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780195365504
Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date: 06/15/2010
Series: Oxford Handbooks Series
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 976
Sales rank: 1,221,015
Product dimensions: 7.20(w) x 9.80(h) x 1.80(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements Contributors Abbreviations Preface, Eric H. Cline Section I: Background and Definitions 1. History of Research, James D. Muhly 2. Chronology and Terminology, Sturt W. Manning Section II: Chronology and Geography 3. Neolithic Antecedents, Peter Tomkins Early Bronze Age 4. Mainland Greece, Jeannette Forsén 5. Crete, Peter Tomkins and Ilse Schoep 6. Cyclades, Colin Renfrew Middle Bronze Age 7. Mainland Greece, Sofia Voutsaki 8. Crete, Ilse Schoep 9. Cyclades, Robin L. N. Barber Late Bronze Age 10. Mainland Greece, Kim Shelton 11. Crete, Erik Hallager 12. Cyclades, Robin L. N. Barber 13. End of the Bronze Age, Reinhard Jung Section III: Thematic Topics - Art and Architecture 14. Minoan Architecture, Louise Hitchcock 15. Mycenaean Architecture, Louise Hitchcock 16. Figurines, Ioulia Tzonou-Herbst 17. Frescoes, Anne P. Chapin Society and Culture 18. State and Society, Dimitri Nakassis, Michael L. Galaty, and William A. Parkinson 19. Minoan Religion, Susan Lupack 20. Mycenaean Religion, Susan Lupack 21. Death and Burial, Christopher Mee 22. Trade, Bryan E. Burns 23. Weapons and Warfare, Ioannis Georganas Seals and Writing/Administrative Systems 24. Minoan Seals and Sealings, Judith Weingarten 25. Mycenaean Seals and Sealings, John G. Younger 26. Cretan Hieroglyphic and Linear A, Helena Tomas 27. Linear B, Thomas G. Palaima 28. Cypro-Minoan, Nicolle Hirschfeld Material Crafts 29. Materials and Industries, Doniert G. Evely 30. Minoan Pottery, Birgitta Hallager 31. Mycenaean Pottery, Jeremy B. Rutter 32. Textiles, Brendan Burke 33. Jewellery, Robert Laffineur Events 34. Eruption of Thera/Santorini, Sturt W. Manning 35. Trojan War, Trevor Bryce 36. The Collapse at the End of the Bronze Age, Oliver Dickinson Section IV: Specific Sites and Regions - Crete 37. Ayia Triada Vincenzo La Rosa 38. Kato Zakros Lefteris Platon 39. Khania (Kydonia), Maria Andreadaki-Vlazaki 40. Knossos, Colin Macdonald 41. Kommos, Joseph and Maria Shaw 42. Malia, Jan Driessen 43. Palaikastro, J. Alexander MacGillivray and L. Hugh Sackett 44. Phaistos, Vincenzo La Rosa Mainland Greece 45. Argolid, Sofia Voutsaki 46. Boeotia, Anastasia Dakouri-Hild 47. Central and Southern Peloponnese, William G. Cavanagh 48. Northern Aegean, Stelios Andreou 49. Lerna, Martha Wiencke 50. Mycenae, Elizabeth French 51. Pylos, Jack L. Davis 52. Thebes, Anastasia Dakouri-Hild 53. Thorikos, Robert Laffineur 54. Tiryns, Joseph Maran Cyclades, Dodecanese, and Saronic Islands 55. Aegina Kolonna, Walter Gauss 56. Akrotiri, Christos Doumas 57. Dodecanese, Toula Marketou 58. Rhodes, Toula Marketou Wider Mediterranean 59. Cape Gelidonya shipwreck, George F. Bass 60. Cyprus, Louise Steel 61. Egypt, Jacke Phillips 62. Levant, Assaf Yasur-Landau 63. Troy, Peter Jablonka 64. Uluburun shipwreck, Cemal Pulak 65. Western Anatolia, Alan M. Greaves 66. Western Mediterranean, Lucia Vagnetti

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