The Origins of Greek Civilization

The Origins of Greek Civilization : 1100-650 B.C.

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When the great citadel of Mycenae, then the center of the Aegean world, went up in flames about 1100 B.C., what followed was a "dark age" that left no written records. But rich archaeological records show conclusively that there was a radical discontinuity between Mycenaean-Minoan culture and Greek civilization. Chester G. Starr argues that true Greek civilization was swiftly and spontaneously generated in a remarkably autonomous renaissance during the two centuries from 850 to 650 B.C. Supporting his thesis with archaeological evidence previously unavailable to historians, he offers a masterly reconstruction of an obscure and important period of Greek history.

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  • Paperback | 440 pages
  • 139.7 x 209.3 x 20.1mm | 494.42g
  • WW Norton & Co
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • Reissue
  • 18 pp photographs, 2 pp maps
  • 0393307794
  • 9780393307795
  • 765,440

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Chester argues that true Greek civilization was swiftly and spontaneously generated in a remarkably autonomous renaissance during the two centuries from 850 to 650 B.C. Supporting his thesis with archaeological evidence previously unavailable to historians, Chester Starr offers a masterly reconstruction of an obscure and important period of Greek history.

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