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A History of the Archaic Greek World, Ca. 1200-479 BCE (Blackwell History of the Ancient World) [Paperback]

Jonathan M. Hall
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12 Aug 2013 Blackwell History of the Ancient World
A History of the Archaic Greek World offers a theme–based approach to the development of the Greek world in the years 1200–479 BCE. Updated and extended in this edition to include two new sections, expanded geographical coverage, a guide to electronic resources, and more illustrations Takes a critical and analytical look at evidence about the history of the archaic Greek World Involves the reader in the practice of history by questioning and reevaluating conventional beliefs Casts new light on traditional themes such as the rise of the city–state, citizen militias, and the origins of egalitarianism Provides a wealth of archaeological evidence, in a number of different specialties, including ceramics, architecture, and mortuary studies

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  • Paperback: 392 pages
  • Publisher: John Wiley & Sons; 2nd Edition edition (12 Aug 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1118301277
  • ISBN-13: 978-1118301272
  • Product Dimensions: 24.9 x 17 x 2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 42,438 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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“Breaking news – the Archaic period of ancient Greece is not archaic! The updated and augmented second edition of this thematically inflected history does full justice to an experimental and brilliantly innovative era.” – Paul Cartledge, University of Cambridge “Informative and clear for the student and the interested non–specialist, this book is full of stimulating observations and questions, from which also the specialist may profit. With its second edition, Jonathan Hall offers a reliable and up–to–date survey of the major developments in society, institutions, and culture in the Greek World and its periphery from the end of the Mycenaean palace administration to the Persian Wars. By operating with a ‘long Archaic Age’, that has its roots in the Late Bronze Age, Jonathan Hall fruitfully challenges the traditional periodization of Greek history.” – Angelos Chaniotis, Institute for Advanced Study “Further enriched in its second edition, this book offers a balanced, superbly informed, critical, and lucid discussion of all the major issues that contributed to shaping Greek society and culture in its formative period. Engaging closely with the archaeological evidence, textual sources, and modern scholarship, the author challenges many well–established views and introduces the reader to the evidence as well as the tools, approaches, and methods on which a meaningful reconstruction of the crucial developments in early Greek history can be based. Hall does not present final truths but takes us along on his exciting and sometimes frustrating road to discovery; he stimulates our thinking and helps us penetrate to a deeper level of understanding.” – Kurt Raaflaub, Brown University

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A History of the Archaic Greek World provides theme–based coverage of the years 1200–479 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, colonization, citizen militias, the origins of egalitarianism, and the emergence of a self–conscious Greek identity. Taking into consideration feedback from the first edition, the author has updated the text and added further material, including two new sections entitled Archaeological Gaps: Attica and Crete and ‘ Greek’ Culture: Unity and Diversity ; he has increased illustrative material, and included a new guide to electronic resources. In addition, Hall has expanded the geographical coverage of all material considered within the book. The text continues to provide an exceptionally wide range of archaeological evidence across a number of different specialties. The author brings a willingness to question existing notions, which allows the reader to become involved in the practice of history by probing and reevaluating conventional beliefs.

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5.0 out of 5 stars A great introduction to Archaic Greece 25 July 2014
This book is quite different from your standard history books in that it is more concerned with the methods of historical inquiry than presenting facts. That is precisely what makes it an invaluable aid, because rather than just having lists of chronological events and assuming we know for sure what happened, it proceeds to examine various claims about this pre-classic age during which time very little was written down. Claims are treated not as facts versus fiction, but as more likely versus less likely.

It’s an excellent book for learning how to investigate this period and how to recognise the limits of what we can know. I recommend it highly to anyone interested in history, not just those who have a particular interest in ancient Greece. The only person who will be disappointed in this is someone looking for easy answers to memorise.
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