The Land of Ionia

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

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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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  • Hardback | 286 pages
  • 176 x 250 x 22mm | 621.42g
  • John Wiley and Sons Ltd
  • Wiley-Blackwell (an imprint of John Wiley & Sons Ltd)
  • Chicester, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 1405199008
  • 9781405199001
  • 564,474

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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.

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About Alan M. Greaves

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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