By Kurt A. Raaflaub, Hans van Wees
A scientific survey of archaic Greek society and tradition which introduces the reader to a variety of new ways to the period.
- The first entire and available survey of advancements within the learn of archaic Greece
- Places Greek society of c.750-480 BCE in its chronological and geographical context
- Gives equivalent emphasis to demonstrated subject matters resembling tyranny and political reform and more moderen matters like gender and ethnicity
- Combines debts of old advancements with local surveys of archaeological proof and in-depth remedies of chosen themes
- Explores the influence of jap and different non-Greek cultures within the improvement of Greece
- Uses archaeological and literary facts to reconstruct vast styles of social and cultural development
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A sixth, complementary view sees the gods of the Greek polytheistic system above all as encapsulations of the powers – psychological as well as external – which affected human life and which therefore had to be neutralized or harnessed as effectively as possible. 30 While religion and gender subsequently became standard topics in cultural history, another, more recent Kulturgeschichte (Müller 1976) offered a very different picture of archaic Greece, focused above all on modes of production. With or without its Marxist coloring, by the 1960s that theme had already redirected attention towards foodstuffs, raw materials, agricultural techniques, and dietary needs, thereby bringing the countryside and its inhabitants into the picture in ways which after the Second World War came also to be influenced by the findings of anthropological fieldwork.
They emerged at different dates, and remained separate for the best part of a century, but since around 1980 have experienced a complex and very uncomfortable process of convergence. ), since these had been the object of the earliest professional attention. Each style has had a very different trajectory. Once their development has been traced in outline, the processes of convergence since 1980 can be traced in slightly more detail. 7 Within that format, and once the writing of what we now term “ancient history” became established as an art-form in the eighteenth century, the Greek archaic period naturally required inclusion.
He breaks off only for two chapters on the Panhellenic festivals and lyric poetry before narrating sixthcentury Athenian affairs in detail, the growth of the Persian empire as far as the Battle of Marathon, the Ionian Enlightenment and the impact of Pythagoras on the Greeks of south Italy, the Persian wars, the Sicilian tyrannies, the growth of Athens’ Aegean empire, and so on – noticeably marking no sharp break between “archaic” and “classical” in the way which has become customary. Grote’s History can still be read with pleasure, for his style is eminently readable, weaving summaries of the primary evidence into an exposition which always flows attractively while offering the reader a measured interpretative reading.