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A scientific survey of archaic Greek society and tradition which introduces the reader to a variety of new ways to the period.

• the 1st entire and obtainable survey of advancements within the examine of archaic GreecePlaces Greek society of c.750-480 BCE in its chronological and geographical context
• provides equivalent emphasis to tested themes equivalent to tyranny and political reform and more recent matters like gender and ethnicity
• Combines bills of ancient advancements with nearby surveys of archaeological facts and in-depth remedies of chosen themes
• Explores the impression of japanese and different non-Greek cultures within the improvement of Greece
• makes use of archaeological and literary proof to reconstruct huge styles of social and cultural improvement

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G. high-value bronzework) and inferred (especially iron from Etruria). 32 Its terms were further transformed when numismatists brought the adoption of coined money by Greek states down to after ca. 35 Equally a growing interest in consumption, the third component of elementary economic description, has generated study of its social contexts, especially of banqueting, symposia, and feasting within sanctuaries,36 and consequently also of the human relationships which such occasions created or formalized.

As is clear from myths and allusions in historical sources, the Greek peoples of the “Archaic” period knew perfectly well that they lived in a landscape long moulded by previous inhabitants, with whose legacy they came to terms in various ways. Nor, as contact by sea with the rest of the Eastern Mediterranean gathered pace again after ca. 900, could they avoid awareness that out there, “beyond the noble Ocean” (Hesiod, Theog. 215), lay cultures and societies which could look, and in many ways were, vastly richer and older than their own: Egypt especially made a great impression.

Nor is “archaic” the only metaphor in play, for “primitive Greece,” “early Greece” and “medieval Greece” have all been in use among historians at various times to denote the period covered by this book, while “Dark Age Greece” has come to be the conventional label for the period between the collapse of the Mycenaean kingdoms and the Greeks’ re-adoption of literacy by the mid-eighth century. Such labels have three characteristics in common. First, they gaze backwards, whether from our own modern vantage-point or from that of the higher culture or greater sophistication which we attribute to “Classical Greece” (itself a dangerous label).

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