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The Mediterranean Context of Early Greek History

ISBN: 978-1-4051-5551-9
376 pages
January 2012, Wiley-Blackwell
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The Mediterranean Context of Early Greek History reveals the role of the complex interaction of Mediterranean seafaring and maritime connections in the development of the ancient Greek city-states.

  • Offers fascinating insights into the origins of urbanization in the ancient Mediterranean, including the Greek city-state
  • Based on the most recent research on the ancient Mediterranean
  • Features a novel approach to theories of civilization change - foregoing the traditional isolationists model of development in favor of a maritime based network
  • Argues for cultural interactions set in motion by exchange and trade by sea
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Table of Contents

List of Illustrations vii

List of Abbreviations ix

Introduction: The “Fantastic Cauldron” of the Mediterranean Koine xi

1 Seafaring in the Mesolithic Mediterranean 1

2 The Neolithic Revolution/Transition 13

3 The Neolithic Diaspora 35

4 Urbanization in Mesopotamia 60

5 The Third Millennium 83

6 The Middle Bronze Age (2000–1550 BC): Recoveries 126

7 Late Bronze Age Maritime Networks 162

8 The Late Bronze Age Collapse and its Aftermath 193

9 Recovery and Expansion (1050–850 BC) 220

Bibliography 256

Index 349

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Author Information

Nancy H. Demand is Professor Emerita in the Department of History, Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana. Her books include Thebes in the Fifth Century (1982); Urban Relocation in Archaic and Classical Greece: Flight and Consolidation (1990); Birth, Death and Motherhood in Classical Greece (1994); and A History of Ancient Greece (1996).
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“While the target audience may be that of the non-expert or undergraduate student, scholars, too, will find much in this book.  Demand succeeds in making her Mediterranean truly a fantastic cauldron.”  (Revue des Etudes Anciennes, 1 December 2012)

“For these reasons, and despite its shortcomings, the book is worth reading and the author should be praised for bringing together a vast body of complex data with knowledge and erudition.”  (The Anglo-Hellenic Review, 1 October 2012)

"Recommended.  Upper-division undergraduates and above.”  (Choice, 1 September 2012)

“Drawing extensively on the latest archaeological data from the entire Mediterranean basin, Nancy Demand offers a compelling argument for situating the origins of the Greek city-state within a pan-Mediterranean network of maritime interactions that stretches back millennia.” – Jonathan Hall, University of Chicago

“Nancy Demand's book is a remarkable achievement.  Her Heraklian labors have produced stunning documentation of the consequences of the vast spectrum of interaction between the peoples surrounding the Mediterranean Sea from the Mesolithic into the Iron Age.” – Carol Thomas, University of Washington

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