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The Mediterranean Context of Early Greek History

The Mediterranean Context of Early Greek History

Nancy H. Demand

ISBN: 978-1-444-34234-5

Nov 2011

328 pages

$124.99

Description

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
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

“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)