Early Greece: Bronze and Archaic AgesPaperback Ancient Culture and Society
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- Publisher: WW Norton & Co
- Format: Paperback | 164 pages
- Dimensions: 128mm x 194mm x 10mm | 154g
- Publication date: 18 January 1989
- Publication City/Country: New York
- ISBN 10: 039330051X
- ISBN 13: 9780393300512
- Edition: 2, Revised
- Edition statement: 2nd Revised edition
- Illustrations note: Ill.
- Sales rank: 456,067
M. I. Finley here reconstructs the preliterary background to Greek civilization by an examination of recent archeological discoveries and a critical reappraisal of older archeological evidence. He discusses the problems that dependence on such evidence poses for the historian, for, although archeology reveals changes and even cataclysms, it rarely allows us more than a restricted view of a society under normal conditions. He points out the difficulties in reconciling the mythological evidence and the archeological, particularly in Crete and Troy, and analyzes and distinguishes the elements of historic fact and legend in the Iliad and Odyssey."
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