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Citadel to city-state : the transformation of Greece, 1200-700 B.C.E. /
by Carol G. Thomas and Craig Conant.
Bloomington : Indiana University Press, c1999.
xxxii, 199 p. : ill., maps.
0253334969 (cloth : alk. paper)
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Bloomington : Indiana University Press, c1999.
0253334969 (cloth : alk. paper)
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Includes bibliographical references and index.
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About the Author
Author Affiliation
Carol G. Thomas is Professor of Ancient Greek History at the University of Washington. Her books include Decoding Ancient History: A Toolkit for the Historian as Detective (with D. Wick); Myth Becomes History; Progress into the Past, 2nd edition (with William A. McDonald); and Paths from Ancient Greece. She is two-time president of the Association of Ancient Historians. Craig Conant is a long-time student of ancient Greek history and works as a records manager for the Environmental Protection Agency in Seattle, Washington.
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Appeared in Choice on 2000-03:
There are two ways of assessing this study of the "Dark Ages" in Greece: as a collection of six studies of Dark Age sites at different chronological points within the period and as an attempt to illuminate stages in the transformation of Greece in the Dark Ages through these six temporally spaced examples intended for "a broad readership interested in the processes of change." The book is quite successful from the first perspective but fails in the latter one. The case studies, on quite recent archaeological findings, are finely nuanced and well reasoned. Thomas and Conant fairly describe various schools of thought on interpretation of the archaeological record and put forward some new hypotheses. Although the discussion takes little for granted in the reader's background, those conversant with earlier literature on the Dark Ages will gain the most from these detailed studies. On the other hand, the book is less successful in meeting the needs of the broader intended audience, who may not be able to see the forest for the trees. Perhaps a concluding chapter might have helped. Upper-division undergraduates and above. R. P. Legon; University of Baltimore
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Bowker Data Service Summary
Following the collapse of the Mycenaean civilisation of Late Bronze Age Greece and preceding the Classical period, the Dark Age was, until recently, largely neglected. This book offers an original account of Dark Age Greece.
Main Description
"Citadel to City-State serves as an excellent summarization of ourpresent knowledge of the not-so-dark Dark Age as well as an admirable prologue tothe understanding of the subsequent Archaeic and Classical periods." -- DavidRupp, Phoenix The Dark Age of Greece is one of the leastunderstood periods of Greek history. A terra incognita between the Mycenaeancivilization of Late Bronze Age Greece and the flowering of Classical Greece, theDark Age was, until the last few decades, largely neglected. Now new archaeologicalmethods and the discovery of new evidence have made it possible to develop a morecomprehensive view of the entire period. Citadel to City-State explores each centuryfrom 1200 to 700 B.C.E. through an individual site -- Mycenae, Nichoria, Athens, Lefkandi, Corinth, and Ascra -- that illustrates the major features of each period.This is a remarkable account of the historical detective work that is beginning toshed light on Dark Age Greece.
Table of Contents
Prefacep. xi
Introductionp. xv
Mycenae: The End of the Bronze Agep. 1
Nichoria: The Darkest Period of the Dark Agep. 32
Athens: Tenth Century Breath of Springp. 60
Lefkandi: New Heroes of the Ninth Centuryp. 85
Corinth: The End of the Dark Agep. 115
Ascra: The End Product of the Dark Agep. 144
Glossaryp. 163
Abbreviationsp. 173
Notesp. 175
Referencesp. 181
Indexp. 191
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