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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 finished and obtainable survey of advancements within the learn of archaic GreecePlaces Greek society of c.750-480 BCE in its chronological and geographical context
• provides equivalent emphasis to verified themes akin to tyranny and political reform and more recent topics like gender and ethnicity
• Combines debts of ancient advancements with neighborhood surveys of archaeological proof 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 facts to reconstruct large styles of social and cultural improvement

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Whereas the traditional historian’s instinct is to look backwards from the vantagepoint given by written sources, the instinct of archaeologists and of some economic and social historians, influenced by approaches developed within archaeology or adapted from the social sciences, is to look forwards, to construct models which explain development and change, to test them against extant evidence, and to compare the trajectory of one society against that of another. qxd 25/02/2009 18 02:26PM Page 18 John K.

Here scholarly opinion has shown an interesting evolution. Attention focused first on matters of brigading (in what became phalanx formation) and tactics, the mid-seventh century being seen as a major turning-point: this nurtured the hypothesis of a causal link with the emergence of tyrant regimes in Korinth and elsewhere. qxd 25/02/2009 02:26PM Page 17 The Historiography of Archaic Greece 17 with subsequent insistence on the importance of infantry in the narrative of the Iliad, made the hypothesis of “political hoplites” increasingly implausible, and fostered an alternative interpretation, couched in social terms, which detected changes in masculinity and social status instead and linked the erosion of the habit of carrying weapons with the growth of leisure class customs such as symposia and ritualized “contesting” at Olympia and other sanctuaries.

Qxd 25/02/2009 02:26PM Page 3 CHAPTER ONE The Historiography of Archaic Greece John K. ”1 So it does: but the convention hides a contradiction. ” 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.

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