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Greece in the Making, 1200-479 BC: The Greek City Under Construction (Robin Osborne) Paperback Book, (Routledge, 1996) 9780415035835


Title: Greece in the Making, 1200-479 BC: The Greek City Under Construction

Author: Osborne, Robin

Publisher: Routledge/Taylor & Francis; Publication Date: 1996

Paperback; ISBN: 9780415035835

Volumes: 1; Pages: 416

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The archaic Greek world was the world in which Homer's Iliad and Odyssey were composed, in which the Doric and Ionic orders of architecture were invented, in which athletic competition first became a cultural event and in which democracy was invented.

Archaic Greece is also a period of prehistory. No Greek writer ever attempted to describe or analyze the events of his own lifetime or of the immediate past until Herodotos and Thucydides. Our knowledge of Greece before 479 B.C. is dependent on the stories which the later Greeks told about their past and the indirect testimony of the material and poetic monuments of the archaic age.

Greece Under Construction shows how we can write the history of this period, and the insights which can be gained by doing so for our understanding of later periods of history. It goes beyond tradition and exploits the literature, art, and archaeology of the period. Richly illustrated, this book makes much information readily accessible and puts the reader in touch with the latest scholarship on the subject.

Reviews

"It is nicely illustrated. On the whole, it is very informative and clearly written account of early Greece, reflecting the most recent scholarship."--The Journal of Indo-European Studies

"... Osborne's provocative approach to many of the broad-ranging problems of political structure and class conflict in early Greece make for stimulating reading, and it is hard to see how Osborne's views could have been presented in a format other than a general historical survey. His book is sure to draw renewed attention to this most fascinating period of ancient Greece ."--Bryn Mawr Classical Review

"This is a major accomplishment, with rich, bibliographic essays to complement an instructive and fascinating text Religious Studies Review."

Table of Contents

1 THE TRADITIONS OF HISTORY

What is Polykrates to Me?

The Necessity of Archaic Greek History

History and the Traditions of Prehistory

The Case of Cyrene

Our World Under Construction

2 THE PROBLEM OF BEGINNINGS

A Slate Rubbed Clean? The Onset of the Dark Age

Migration, Invasion and Decline: Explaining the Void

The Eastern Mediterranean World

Getting Organised

3 SETTING THE STAGE

The Natural Environment

Living off the Land

Human Constraints

4 FORMING COMMUNITIES: THE EIGHTH CENTURY B.C.E

Growing People

The Changing World of the Dead

The Changing World of the Gods

The World Outside

The Eighth-Century View of the World

5 THE WORLD OF HESIOD AND OF HOMER

The Tradition of Oral Poetry

Hesiod's World

The World of the Iliad and Odyssey

Hesiod, Homer and History

6 REFORMING COMMUNITIES: THE SEVENTH CENTURY

An Artistic Revolution

A World at War

Sparta

Law, Constitutions and Unconstitutional Rule

Settlements and Mobility

A Divine Revolution

7 THE GREEK WORLD IN 600 B.C.E

Athens

Women

New Cities

8 INTER-RELATING CITIES: THE SHORT SIXTH CENTURY (600-520 B.C.E)

Competing in a Pan-Hellenic World

Monumentalising the City

Feud and Faction Beyond the History of the City

Networking Cities

9 THE TRANSFORMATION OF ARCHAIC GREECE

520-479 B.C.E.

Democracy

Philosophy

Persia

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