9780631226673

A History of the Archaic Greek World ca. 1200-479 BCE

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    9780631226673

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    0631226672

  • Edition: 1st
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2006-11-20
  • Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell
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Summary

A History of the Archaic Greek World provides thematic coverage of the years 1200479 BCE. By revisiting the evidence from the period, with a critical and analytical eye, Jonathan M. Hall gives the reader the opportunity to investigate at first hand this crucial formative period of Greek history. In doing so, this book casts new light on traditional themes such as the rise of the city-state, citizen militias, and the origins of egalitarianism.

Author Biography

Jonathan M. Hall is Phyllis Fay Horton Professor in the Humanities, Professor and Chair of Classics and Professor in the Departments of History and the College at the University of Chicago. He has written numerous articles on the political, social, and cultural history of the early Greek world and is the author of Ethnic Identity in Greek Antiquity (1997) and Hellenicity: Between Ethnicity and Culture (2002).

Table of Contents

List of Maps x
List of Figures xi
List of Documents xiii
Preface xv
Timeline xvii
1 The Practice of History
1(16)
The Lelantine War
1(3)
The Lelantine War Deconstructed
4(4)
What is History?
8(3)
History as Literature
11(2)
Method and Theory
13(4)
2 Sources, Evidence, Dates
17(24)
Evaluating Sources
17(5)
Dating Archaic Poets
22(5)
Non-Literary Evidence
27(3)
Ancient Chronography
30(4)
Archaeological Dating
34(7)
3 The End of the Mycenaean World and its Aftermath
41(26)
Mycenaean Greece
41(2)
Gauging the Historicity of the Dorian Migration
43(8)
Alternative Explanations
51(5)
The Loss and Recovery of Writing
56(3)
Whose Dark Age?
59(8)
4 Communities of Place
67(26)
Defining the Polis
67(3)
The Urban Aspect of the Polis: Houses, Graves, and Walls
70(9)
Political and Economic Functions
79(4)
Cultic Communities
83(5)
Polis and Ethnos
88(5)
5 New Homes Across the Seas
93(26)
On the Move
95(5)
The Credibility of Colonial Foundation Stories
100(6)
Pots and Peoples
106(5)
A Spartan Foundation? Taras, Phalanthos, and the Partheniai
111(3)
Hunger or Greed?
114(5)
6 The Changing Nature of Authority
119(36)
Charting the Genesis of the State
119(1)
Kings or "Big-Men"?
120(7)
The Emergence of an Aristocracy
127(4)
Laws and Institutions
131(6)
The Return of the "Big-Man"
137(18)
Excursus I. A Cautionary Tale: Pheidon of Argos
145(10)
7 Fighting for the Fatherland
155(23)
A Hoplite Revolution?
155(8)
Some More Equal Than Others
163(7)
Conquest, Territory, and Exploitation
170(8)
8 Defining the Political Community
178(32)
Looking to the End
178(4)
The Role of the Demos and the Great Rhetra
182(5)
Drawing Boundaries
187(4)
Land, Labor, and the Crisis in Attica
191(6)
The "Second Sex"
197(13)
Excursus II. Evaluating the Spartan Mirage
203(7)
9 The City of Theseus
210(25)
The End of the Tyranny
210(2)
The Birth of Democracy?
212(6)
The Unification of Attica
218(8)
Theseus: Democrat or Autocrat?
226(4)
The (A)typicality of Athens
230(5)
10 Making a Living 235(20)
Conceptualizing Ancient Economic Activity
235(2)
A Peasant Economy?
237(5)
Plying the Seas
242(7)
The Introduction of Coinage
249(6)
11 Imagining Greece 255(21)
Greeks and Others: The External Dimension
255(6)
The Rise of Persia and the Invasions of Greece
261(6)
The Invention of the Barbarian
267(3)
The Emergence of Panhellenism: The Internal Dimension
270(6)
12 Writing the History of Archaic Greece 276(15)
The First Sacred War: Fact or Fiction?
276(6)
The Limits of Narrative History
282(3)
Dividing up Space and Time
285(6)
Abbreviations and Glossary of Literary Sources 291(4)
Works Cited in the Further Reading 295(7)
Index 302

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