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A Companion to Archaic Greece

Kurt A. Raaflaub (Editor), Hans van Wees (Editor)
ISBN: 978-0-631-23045-8
792 pages
May 2009, Wiley-Blackwell
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A systematic survey of archaic Greek society and culture which introduces the reader to a wide range of new approaches to the period.
  • The first comprehensive and accessible survey of developments in the study of archaic Greece
  • Places Greek society of c.750-480 BCE in its chronological and geographical context
  • Gives equal emphasis to established topics such as tyranny and political reform and newer subjects like gender and ethnicity
  • Combines accounts of historical developments with regional surveys of archaeological evidence and in-depth treatments of selected themes
  • Explores the impact of Eastern and other non-Greek cultures in the development of Greece
  • Uses archaeological and literary evidence to reconstruct broad patterns of social and cultural development
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List of Illustrations

Notes on Contributors
Preface

List of Abbreviations

Maps

Part I: Introduction:

1. The Historiography of Archaic Greece: John K. Davies (University of Liverpool)
2. The Mediterranean World in the Early Iron Age: Carol G. Thomas (University of Washington, Seattle)
Part II: Histories:

3. The Early Iron Age: Catherine Morgan (King’s College London)

4. The Eighth-century Revolution: Ian Morris (Stanford University)

5. The World of Homer and Hesiod: Christoph Ulf (University of Innsbruck)
6. The Tyrants: Elke Stein-Hölkeskamp (University of Münster)

7. Sparta: Massimo Nafissi (University of Perugia)

8. Athens: Michael Stahl and Uwe Walter (Technical University of Darmstadt and University of Bielefeld)

9. Greeks and Persians: Josef Wiesehöfer (University of Kiel)

Part III: Regions:

10. Attica: A View from the Sea: Sanne Houby-Nielsen (Museum of Mediterranean and Near Eastern Antiquities, Stockholm)

11. The Aegean: Alexander Mazarakis Ainian and Iphigenia Leventi (Both University of Thessaly)

12. Laconia and Messenia: Nigel Kennell and Nino Luraghi (American School of Classical Studies and Princeton University)

13. The Peloponnese: Thomas Heine Nielsen and James Roy (University of Copenhagen and University of Nottingham)

14. Crete: James Whitley (Cardiff University)

15. Northern Greece: Zosia Halina Archibald (University of Liverpool)

16. The Western Mediterranean: Carla M. Antonaccio (Duke University)

17. The Black Sea: Gocha R. Tsetskhladze (University of Melbourne)

Part IV: Themes:

18. Cities: Jan Paul Crielaard (Free University Amsterdam)

19. Foundations: Irad Malkin (Tel Aviv University)

20. States: Hans-Joachim Gehrke (German Archaeological Institute, Berlin)

21. Charismatic Leaders: Robert W. Wallace (Northwestern University)
22. Sanctuaries and Festivals: François de Polignac (Ecole Pratique des Hautes Etudes, Paris)
23. The Economy: Hans van Wees (University College London)

24. Class: Peter W. Rose (Miami University of Ohio)

25. Gender: Lin Foxhall (University of Leicester)

26. The Culture of the Symposion: Oswyn Murray (Bailliol College, Oxford)

27. The Culture of Competition: Nick Fisher (Cardiff University)

28. Literacy: John-Paul Wilson (University of Worcester)

29. Intellectual Achievements: Kurt A. Raaflaub (Brown University)

30. War and International Relations: Henk Singor (University of Leiden)

31. Ethnicity and Cultural Exchange: Jonathan M. Hall (University of Chicago)

Bibliography

Index

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Kurt A. Raaflaub is David Herlihy University Professor and Professor of Classics and History, Royce Family Professor in Teaching Excellence (2005-8) and Director of the Program in Ancient Studies at Brown University. His recent publications include The Discovery of Freedom in Ancient Greece (2004), Social Struggles in Archaic Rome (Blackwell, 2005) and War and Peace in the Ancient World (Blackwell, 2006).

Hans van Wees is Professor of Ancient History at University College London. His publications include Status Warriors: War, Violence and Society in Homer and History (1992) and Greek Warfare: Myths and Realities (2004), and he has co-edited four volumes on archaic Greece, war and violence, and Herodotus.

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  • The first comprehensive and accessible survey of developments in the study of archaic Greece

  • Places Greek society of c.750-480 BCE in its chronological and geographical context

  • Gives equal emphasis to established topics such as tyranny and political reform and newer subjects like gender and ethnicity

  • Combines accounts of historical developments with regional surveys of archaeological evidence and in-depth treatments of selected themes

  • Explores the impact of Eastern and other non-Greek cultures in the development of Greece

  • Uses archaeological and literary evidence to reconstruct broad patterns of social and cultural development
See More

“For those interested in Classical Greece, this volume is an essential.”  (Near East Archaeological Society Bulletin, 11 December 2013)

"This is a varied, wide-ranging, stimulating and exciting volume which should open the way to even further investigations of archaic Greece." Bryn Mawr Classical Review, February 2011

“Offers an unprecedented range and depth of perspectives and material, much of which has been otherwise unavailable in English.” Ancient West and East

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