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Oxford Handbook of the Bronze Age Aegean (Eric H Cline) Hardcover Book, (Oxford University Press, 2010) 9780195365504
Oxford Handbook of the Bronze Age Aegean (Eric H Cline) Hardcover Book, (Oxford University Press, 2010) 9780195365504
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Title: Oxford Handbook of the Bronze Age Aegean

Author: Cline, Eric H

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Publisher: Oxford University Press; Publication Date: 2010

Hardcover; ISBN: 9780195365504

Volumes: 1; Pages: 976

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The Greek Bronze Age, roughly 3000 to 1000 B.C., witnessed the flourishing of the Minoan and Mycenean civilizations, the earliest expansion of trade in the Aegean and wider Mediterranean Sea, the development of artistic techniques in a variety of media, and the evolution of early Greek religious practices and mythology. The period also witnessed a violent conflict in Asia Minor between warring peoples in the region, a conflict commonly believed to be the historical basis for Homer's Trojan War. The Oxford Handbook of the Bronze Age Aegean provides a detailed survey of these fascinating aspects of the period, and many others, in sixty-six newly commissioned articles.

Divided into four sections, the handbook begins with Background and Definitions, which contains articles establishing the discipline in its historical, geographical, and chronological settings and in its relation to other disciplines. The second section, Chronology and Geography, contains articles examining the Bronze Age Aegean by chronological period (Early Bronze Age, Middle Bronze Age, Late Bronze Age). Each of the periods are further subdivided geographically, so that individual articles are concerned with Mainland Greece during the Early Bronze Age, Crete during the Early Bronze Age, the Cycladic Islands during the Early Bronze Age, and the same for the Middle Bronze Age, followed by the Late Bronze Age. The third section, Thematic and Specific Topics, includes articles examining thematic topics that cannot be done justice in a strictly chronological/geographical treatment, including religion, state and society, trade, warfare, pottery, writing, and burial customs, as well as specific events, such as the eruption of Santorini and the Trojan War. The fourth section, Specific Sites and Areas, contains articles examining the most important regions and sites in the Bronze Age Aegean, including Mycenae, Tiryns, Pylos, Knossos, Kommos, Rhodes, the northern Aegean, and the Uluburun shipwreck, as well as adjacent areas such as the Levant, Egypt, and the western Mediterranean.

Containing new work by an international team of experts, The Oxford Handbook of the Bronze Age Aegean represents the most comprehensive, authoritative, and up-to-date single-volume survey of the field. It will be indispensable for scholars and advanced students alike.


* The definitive reference work for all scholars and students

* Newly commissioned essays by an international team of experts

* Surveys archaeology, art & architecture, religion, trade, warfare, and other key aspects of the period

Table of Contents




Preface, Eric H. Cline

Section I: Background and Definitions

1. History of Research, James D. Muhly

2. Chronology and Terminology, Sturt W. Manning

Section II: Chronology and Geography

3. Neolithic Antecedents, Peter Tomkins

Early Bronze Age

4. Mainland Greece, Jeannette Forsen

5. Crete, Peter Tomkins and Ilse Schoep

6. Cyclades, Colin Renfrew

Middle Bronze Age

7. Mainland Greece, Sofia Voutsaki

8. Crete, Ilse Schoep

9. Cyclades, Robin L. N. Barber

Late Bronze Age

10. Mainland Greece, Kim Shelton

11. Crete, Erik Hallager

12. Cyclades, Robin L. N. Barber

13. End of the Bronze Age, Reinhard Jung

Section III: Thematic Topics - Art and Architecture

14. Minoan Architecture, Louise Hitchcock

15. Mycenaean Architecture, Louise Hitchcock

16. Figurines, Ioulia Tzonou-Herbst

17. Frescoes, Anne P. Chapin

Society and Culture

18. State and Society, Dimitri Nakassis, Michael L. Galaty, and William A. Parkinson

19. Minoan Religion, Susan Lupack

20. Mycenaean Religion, Susan Lupack

21. Death and Burial, Christopher Mee

22. Trade, Bryan E. Burns

23. Weapons and Warfare, Ioannis Georganas

Seals and Writing/Administrative Systems

24. Minoan Seals and Sealings, Judith Weingarten

25. Mycenaean Seals and Sealings, John G. Younger

26. Cretan Hieroglyphic and Linear A, Helena Tomas

27. Linear B, Thomas G. Palaima

28. Cypro-Minoan, Nicolle Hirschfeld

Material Crafts

29. Materials and Industries, Doniert G. Evely

30. Minoan Pottery, Birgitta Hallager

31. Mycenaean Pottery, Jeremy B. Rutter

32. Textiles, Brendan Burke

33. Jewellery, Robert Laffineur


34. Eruption of Thera/Santorini, Sturt W. Manning

35. Trojan War, Trevor Bryce

36. The Collapse at the End of the Bronze Age, Oliver Dickinson

Section IV: Specific Sites and Regions - Crete

37. Ayia Triada Vincenzo La Rosa

38. Kato Zakros Lefteris Platon

39. Khania (Kydonia), Maria Andreadaki-Vlazaki

40. Knossos, Colin Macdonald

41. Kommos, Joseph and Maria Shaw

42. Malia, Jan Driessen

43. Palaikastro, J. Alexander MacGillivray and L. Hugh Sackett

44. Phaistos, Vincenzo La Rosa

Mainland Greece

45. Argolid, Sofia Voutsaki

46. Boeotia, Anastasia Dakouri-Hild

47. Central and Southern Peloponnese, William G. Cavanagh

48. Northern Aegean, Stelios Andreou

49. Lerna, Martha Wiencke

50. Mycenae, Elizabeth French

51. Pylos, Jack L. Davis

52. Thebes, Anastasia Dakouri-Hild

53. Thorikos, Robert Laffineur

54. Tiryns, Joseph Maran

Cyclades, Dodecanese, and Saronic Islands

55. Aegina Kolonna, Walter Gauss

56. Akrotiri, Christos Doumas

57. Dodecanese, Toula Marketou

58. Rhodes, Toula Marketou

Wider Mediterranean

59. Cape Gelidonya shipwreck, George F. Bass

60. Cyprus, Louise Steel

61. Egypt, Jacke Phillips

62. Levant, Assaf Yasur-Landau

63. Troy, Peter Jablonka

64. Uluburun shipwreck, Cemal Pulak

65. Western Anatolia, Alan M. Greaves

66. Western Mediterranean, Lucia Vagnetti

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