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The Mediterranean Context of Early Greek History

The Mediterranean Context of Early Greek History

Nancy H. Demand

ISBN: 978-1-444-34236-9 November 2011 Wiley-Blackwell 376 Pages


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)