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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 ways to the period.

  • The first complete and obtainable survey of advancements within the learn of archaic Greece
  • Places Greek society of c.750-480 BCE in its chronological and geographical context
  • Gives equivalent emphasis to validated themes corresponding to tyranny and political reform and more moderen matters like gender and ethnicity
  • Combines money owed of historic advancements with nearby surveys of archaeological proof and in-depth remedies of chosen themes
  • Explores the effect of jap and different non-Greek cultures within the improvement of Greece
  • Uses archaeological and literary proof to reconstruct vast styles of social and cultural development

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Though they are not inserted hereafter, “archaic” should always be read with mental quotation marks. The modern historiography of Archaic Greece6 is the product of three distinct styles. They emerged at different dates, and remained separate for the best part of a century, but since around 1980 have experienced a complex and very uncomfortable process of convergence. ), since these had been the object of the earliest professional attention. Each style has had a very different trajectory. Once their development has been traced in outline, the processes of convergence since 1980 can be traced in slightly more detail.

Not surprisingly, therefore, for over two centuries scholars have been attempting to construct that frame. That activity began by assembling the evidence for “antiquities” – constitutional, legal, military, social, and familial – but gradually transformed itself from the 1860s onwards into an attempt to reconstruct the experience of the individual person of Greek antiquity within a network of relationships that embraced family members, neighbors and rivals, friends and enemies, formal and informal communities, and gods and heroes with their powers and rituals.

7 Further detail in Ampolo 1997: 150–2 and Davies 2000a. 8 Cf. Henige 1974; R. Thomas 1992. 9 Details of new editions up to 1861 in Clarke 1962: 189–90. 10 Basic are Momigliano 1952; Clarke 1962: ch. 5; Turner 1981: 212–44; Morris 1994: 29–31. 11 Grote 1846–56: ch. 29 (1872 III: 321). 12 Cf. Lenschau’s excellent summary (1905: 155–68), with Christ 1972: 286–333, Calder and Demandt 1990, and Ampolo 1997: 90–3 for the universal historians von Ranke and Eduard Meyer. 13 Lenschau 1905: 186–7; Bleicken 1989: 122–7; Chambers 1990; briefly Ampolo 1997: 95.

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