Citadel to City-State: The Transformation of Greece, 1200-700 BCE

Citadel to City-State: The Transformation of Greece, 1200-700 BCE


By (author) Carol G. Thomas, By (author) Craig C. Conant

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  • Publisher: Indiana University Press
  • Format: Paperback | 240 pages
  • Dimensions: 163mm x 234mm x 15mm | 363g
  • Publication date: 1 February 2003
  • Publication City/Country: Bloomington, IN
  • ISBN 10: 0253216028
  • ISBN 13: 9780253216021
  • Illustrations note: 15 b&w photographs, 28 figures
  • Sales rank: 655,174

Product description

The Dark Age of Greece is one of the least understood periods of Greek history. A terra incognita between the Mycenaean civilization of Late Bronze Age Greece and the flowering of Classical Greece, the Dark Age was, until the last few decades, largely neglected. Now new archaeological methods and the discovery of new evidence have made it possible to develop a more comprehensive view of the entire period. "Citadel to City-State" explores each century from 1200 to 700 B.C.E. through an individual site Mycenae, Nichoria, Athens, Lefkandi, Corinth, and Ascra that illustrates the major features of each period. This is a remarkable account of the historical detective work that is beginning to shed light on Dark Age Greece.

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Author information

Carol G. Thomas is Professor of Ancient Greek History at the University of Washington. Her books include Decoding Ancient History: A Toolkit of the Historian as Detective (with D. Wick); Myth Becomes History; Progress into the Past, 2nd Edition (with William A. McDonald); and Paths from Ancient Greece. She is two-time president of the Association of Ancient Historians.Craig Conant is a long-time student of ancient Greek history and works as a records manager for the Environmental Protection Agency in Seattle, Washington.

Review quote

"Citadel to City-State serves as an excellent summarization of our present knowledge of the not-so-dark Dark Age as well as an admirable prologue to the understanding of the subsequent Archaeic and Classical periods." David Rupp, Phoenix

Table of contents

Preface; Introduction1. Mycenae: The End of the Bronze Age2. Nichoria: The Darkest Period of the Dark Age3. Athens: Tenth Century Breath of Spring4. Lefkandi: New Heroes of the Ninth Century5. Corinth: The End of the Dark Age6. Ascra: The End Product of the Dark AgeGlossary; Abbreviations; Notes; References; Index