- Title: Greece in the Making 1200-479 BC
- Author: Robin Osborne
- ISBN: 9780415035835
- Page: 162
- Format: Paperback
Greece in the Making 1200 479 BC is an accessible and comprehensive account of Greek history from the end of the Bronze Age to the Classical Period The first edition of this book broke new ground by acknowledging that, barring a small number of archaic poems and inscriptions, the majority of our literary evidence for archaic Greece reported only what later writers wantedGreece in the Making 1200 479 BC is an accessible and comprehensive account of Greek history from the end of the Bronze Age to the Classical Period The first edition of this book broke new ground by acknowledging that, barring a small number of archaic poems and inscriptions, the majority of our literary evidence for archaic Greece reported only what later writers wanted to tell, and so was subject to systematic selection and distortion This book offers a narrative which acknowledges the later traditions, as traditions, but insists that we must primarily confront the contemporary evidence, which is in large part archaeological and art historical, and must make sense of it in its own terms In this second edition, as well as updating the text to take account of recent scholarship and re ordering, Robin Osborne has addressed explicitly the weaknesses and unsustainable interpretations which the first edition chose merely to pass over He now spells out why this book features no rise of the polis and no colonization , and why the treatment of Greek settlement abroad is necessarily spread over various chapters Students and teachers alike will particularly appreciate the enhanced discussion of economic history and the systematic treatment of issues of gender and sexuality.
Recent Comments "Greece in the Making 1200-479 BC"
Unnecessarily confusing and long-winded.
Likely would give it 4 if I had a more thorough history background - the non-stop the slinging of sources was a bit intimidating for one without the requisite library. This seemed best suited for those who have read Herodotus, Thucydides, and the like but want a cooler and wider look at dark ages and archaic Greece.Examinations switched between physical archaeological evidence and gleaning the realities and (often more importantly) the embellishments of literary and oral history. As others have [...]
Cursory reading but this is pretty good stuff, interesting contentions. You probably want to have read widely before this because the focus is very archaeological (it's not particularly narrative history either) and because a lot of what he says is very uncharitable with the literary evidence (and possibly controversial for that reason, but obviously in a very safe way). He is very good on lawgivers and the population explosion theory (which he debunks).
While a bit technical for most, it does give a great update on the Greek Dark and Archaic Ages. I would love to hear what he says given Peter James' claim that the Dark Age was 250 years shorter than previously thought.
One of the definitive surveys of Dark Age and Archaic Greece.
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