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Early Greece: The Bronze and Archaic Ages by…

Early Greece: The Bronze and Archaic Ages (1970)

by M. I. Finley

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A good overview of Early Greece from the Bronze Age through to the Archaic eras based on academic and archaeological understanding at the time (i.e. early 1970's). Many of the authors interpretations still stand however findings in the intervening years have shed a different light on this early period of history e.g. dark age Crete post the palace complex phase. The final chapters dedicated to Sparta, Athens and Archaic Culture in Greece are a little underwhelming and fail to give the reader a good understanding on the actual society and reflected archaeological record, becoming little more than an opinion piece of the key political figures of the period. ( )
  adamclaxton | Feb 27, 2017 |
A readable summary of knowledge as it stood at the time of publication of this work. It ranges from the stone ages to Archaic Greece, i.e. before the Classical Period in the 5th century B.C. It touches on most aspects of early Greece - the civilization of Crete, the Cyclades, Cyprus, Mycenae, the rise of Athens and Sparta are included. Archaeology is used to help broaden out knowledge of these early periods, as well as Greek texts for the later periods. A bibliography is provided which gives an indication of the state of scholarship at the time.
  gael_williams | Sep 13, 2011 |
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Preface -- If there is a distinction between history and archaeology, this book is a history of early Greece.
Introduction -- In the study of man's early history, what is observed most clearly and readily is his technological progress.
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2200 avant J-C : " dévastatrice arrivée des Grecs ". Six siècles plus tard, pourtant, rayonne l'opulence luxuriante de Mycènes. C'est la Grèce des palais, de la Crète à Tyrinthe et à Pylos, dont les poèmes homériques refléteront le monde guerrier. Quatre cents ans après, la destruction violente de Troie marque l'effondrement de la civilisation mycénienne et la fin de l'âge de bronze. Les communautés survivantes inaugurent un nouveau type de société. Les " chefferies des siècles obscurs " remplacent les royautés, pendant que se développe une crise sociale radicale, forçant les législateurs de l'époque archaïque à poser en toute liberté les fondements de la polis. En accentuant ces grandes ruptures, dont les documents archéologiques fournissent la preuve mais noir le sens, Moses I Finley fait œuvre de synthèse sans jamais céder aux schémas abstraits de la continuité. S'il existe une différence entre l'histoire et l'archéologie, ce livre est au sens le plus fort une histoire de la Grèce.
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