By Kurt A. Raaflaub, Hans van Wees
A scientific survey of archaic Greek society and tradition which introduces the reader to quite a lot of new methods to the period.
- The first entire and available survey of advancements within the research of archaic Greece
- Places Greek society of c.750-480 BCE in its chronological and geographical context
- Gives equivalent emphasis to proven themes corresponding to tyranny and political reform and more recent matters like gender and ethnicity
- Combines bills of old advancements with neighborhood surveys of archaeological proof and in-depth remedies of chosen themes
- Explores the influence of jap and different non-Greek cultures within the improvement of Greece
- Uses archaeological and literary proof to reconstruct large styles of social and cultural development
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Extra resources for A Companion to Archaic Greece
Here at last was a real interpretative essay, giving the period shape, life, and a proper sense of its intensive and rapid development. Yet it had serious defects, which re-echo even now. 16 A second, more forgivable, defect was an attitude of deep skepticism towards the veracity of the information transmitted in the antiquarian tradition. It led him inter alia to down-date much of the traditional chronology of the archaic period, a view which found some adherents17 but crumbled once the chronology of Greek ceramic artifacts had been established and calibrated against firm dates from eastern Mediterranean sites.
The Story Evolves In consequence, until about the late 1970s each of the three currents of activity described above regarded the others with polite incomprehension, not so much because the primary evidence was diverse as because interpretative skills, intellectual agendas, and cultural assumptions had come to diverge substantially. qxd 25/02/2009 14 02:26PM Page 14 John K. Davies that is still largely true, alas, but the study of “Archaic” Greece is undergoing a revolution. It has become ever clearer that none of these currents can flow much further on its own: they have to be made to converge.
Third, they reflect decisions about periodization. Of course, all historians have to decide where to start and stop, but it is all too easy to inherit a decision without A Companion to Archaic Greece Edited by Kurt A. Raaflaub and Hans van Wees © 2009 Blackwell Publishing Ltd. qxd 25/02/2009 4 02:26PM Page 4 John K. Davies identifying and testing the criteria which underlie it. 3 The traps set by terminology do not end there. 4 “Archaeology” in the sense of “ancient history” is much older, the first citation being of 1607, but the semantic shift towards its present-day meaning was also an early nineteenth-century affair (the two relevant pages of the OED are most instructive for intellectual history).