Companion to the Archaic Greek World

Companion to the Archaic Greek World

Hardback Blackwell Companions to the Ancient World

By (author) Kurt A. Raaflaub, Edited by Hans Van Wees

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  • Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell (an imprint of John Wiley & Sons Ltd)
  • Format: Hardback | 750 pages
  • Dimensions: 192mm x 248mm x 50mm | 1,520g
  • Publication date: 18 May 2009
  • Publication City/Country: Chicester
  • ISBN 10: 0631230459
  • ISBN 13: 9780631230458
  • Edition statement: New.
  • Illustrations note: maps, figs
  • Sales rank: 1,590,790

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Recent years have seen powerful developments in the study of archaic Greece, with the emergence of new areas of interest, new ways of thinking about old problems, radical new approaches to the sources and new evidence. Bringing together these strands, the Companion systematically covers in 31 chapters, the literary and archaeological evidence for all regions of the Greek world and all aspects of archaic Greek society and culture, including their Mediterranean context and the impact of non-Greek cultures on their development.

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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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"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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Recent years have seen powerful developments in the study of archaic Greece, with the emergence of new areas of interest, new ways of thinking about old problems, radical new approaches to the sources, and new evidence. "A Companion to Archaic Greece" brings together the strands of these developments in a comprehensive survey of one of the most influential periods in Greek history. The archaic age, c.750-480 BCE, witnessed the rise of cities and states, of social and economic structures, political, religious and military institutions and ideas, and cultural expressions which we see today as typically Greek. No less fascinating are the lesser-known institutions and ideas which were characteristically archaic and did not survive into the classical period. In 31 chapters, this "Companion" systematically covers the literary and archaeological evidence for all regions of the Greek world and all aspects of archaic Greek society and culture, including their Mediterranean context and the impact of non-Greek cultures on their development. It will be a welcome introduction for undergraduate students and an invaluable reference tool for the professional historian.

Table of contents

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-Holkeskamp (University of Munster) 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 Wiesehofer (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: Francois 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