The Land of Ionia: Society and Economy in the Archaic Period

The Land of Ionia: Society and Economy in the Archaic Period

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By (author) Alan M. Greaves

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  • Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell (an imprint of John Wiley & Sons Ltd)
  • Format: Hardback | 286 pages
  • Dimensions: 176mm x 250mm x 22mm | 621g
  • Publication date: 22 March 2010
  • Publication City/Country: Chicester
  • ISBN 10: 1405199008
  • ISBN 13: 9781405199001
  • Sales rank: 646,878

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Incorporating over a century of archaeological research, Greaves offers a reassessment of Archaic Ionia that attempts to understand the region within its larger Mediterranean context and provides a thematic overview of its cities and people.* Seeks to balance the Greek and Anatolian cultural influences at work in Ionia in this important period of its history (700BC to the Battle of Lade in 494BC)* Organised thematically, covering landscape, economy, cities, colonisation, warfare, cult, and art* Accesses German and Turkish scholarship, presenting a useful point of entry to the published literature for academics and students

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Alan Greaves is Lecturer in Archaeology at The University of Liverpool. He is the author of Miletos: A History (2002) and the editor of the volume Transanatolia (2007). He has also written numerous articles on Bronze Age-Iron Age archaeology in Turkey, Ionia, and Greek Colonization.

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"The study, and especially the maps, could prove a most useful preparation or ready reference when reading Herodotus." (Book News Inc, November 2010) "Its accessibility and organization provides a much needed bridge between Classical and ‘mainstream' archaeology, and brings both the ideas and this intriguing region to a wider readership." (Minerva, November/December 2010)

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During the formative years of the archaic period, Ionia was one of the most important regions of the ancient world; however, Ionia's local identity has often been overlooked in scholarly works. This long overdue study of Archaic Ionia seeks to redress this omission. Drawing from over a century of archaeological research, the book identifies and examines the key socio-economic factors that distinguish the land of Ionia and its people from the broader Greek mainland.Access to German and Turkish scholarship provides a useful point of entry to the published literature for academics and students. Accessibly written and thoroughly researched, "The Land of Ionia" offers new perspectives on issues of identity and historical tradition in one of the least understood regions of ancient world.

Table of contents

Acknowledgements. Introduction. Prologue. Chapter One: Finding Ionia. Introduction. The Source Materials. Archaeology. Ancient Literary Sources. Epigraphy. Other Sources. Excavation and Publication. Conclusions. Chapter Two: Constructing Classical Archaeologies of Ionia. Introduction. Traditional Approaches to Classical Archaeology in Ionia. The German and Turkish 'Schools' of Archaeology. Annaliste Perspectives on Archaeology. A New Approach to the Land of Ionia. Conclusions. Chapter Three: A Dynamic Landscape. Introduction. Ionia's Geographical Zones. The Ridges and Peninsulas. The Rivers and Valleys. The Large Islands. The Space Between: The Sea. Landscape Dynamism. The Ionian Landscape and Ionian Identity. Conclusions. Chapter Four: The Wealth of Ionia. Introduction. Modes of Primary Production. Agriculture. Extractive Industries. Modes of Processing. Modes of Exchange. Exchange and Transport. The Introduction of Coinage. Ionia and World Systems. Conclusions. Chapter Five: The Cities of Ionia. A Brief Survey of the Ionian Cities. Other Settlements in Ionia. The Size and Distribution of Poleis within Ionia. Francois de Polignac in Ionia. The City and Ionian Identity. Conclusions. Chapter Six: The Ionians Overseas. Introduction. Source Materials. Location of the Colonies. Archaeological Sources and Issues. Literary Sources and Issues. Interpreting the Evidence. Colonial Interactions. Models of Ionian Colonisation. Conclusions. Chapter Seven: The Ionians at War. Introduction. Geographical Settings. Archaeological Contexts and Materials. Literary Sources. Discussion: Issues in Source Materials. The Fortification of Ionia. Naval Warfare. Mercenaries. Conclusions. Chapter Eight: Cults in Ionia. Introduction. Geographical Evidence. Archaeological Evidence. Literary and Epigraphic Evidence. Discussion of Source Materials. The Sacred Ways of Ionia. Discussion: The Sacred Ways of Ionia. 'Foreign' Influences on Ionian Cult. Burial Practices in Ionia. Conclusions. Chapter Nine: The Ornaments of Ionia. Introduction. 'Art' and Landscape. Ionia's Lost 'Art' Treasures. 'Art' and Literature. 'Connoisseurship' of Ionian Pottery'. 'Reading' Ionian 'Art' Conclusions. Chapter Ten: Who Were The Ionians? Introduction. Herodotus' Ionia. The Myth of the Ionian Migration. Ionian Identity and Archaeology. Conclusions. Epilogue. Glossary of Ancient Greek (and modern Turkish) terms used in the text. Bibliography.