The Origins of Greek Civilization: 1100-650 B.C.

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W. W. Norton & Company, 1991 - History - 385 pages
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When the great citadel of Mycenae, then the center of the Aegean world, went up in flames about 1100 B.C., what followed was a “dark age” that left no written records. But rich archaeological records show conclusively that there was a radical discontinuity between Mycenaean-Minoan culture and Greek civilization. Chester G. Starr argues that true Greek civilization was swiftly and spontaneously generated in a remarkably autonomous renaissance during the two centuries from 850 to 650 B.C. Supporting his thesis with archaeological evidence previously unavailable to historians, he offers a masterly reconstruction of an obscure and important period of Greek history.

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worked for me as an undergraduate introduction to greek history at its earliest bits. perhaps is problematized now by such things as Black Athena and whatnot--but how are you not gonna love a book written by a cat named 'Chester,' FFS? Read full review


The Early Ages of Greece
The Rise and Fall of the Mycenaean World
After the Mycenaean Collapse
Two Centuries of Consolidation
The Early Eighth Century
The Orient and Greece
The Intellectual Upheaval I
The Intellectual Upheaval II
Society and the Individual
The Rise of the CityState
Economic Quickening and Colonization

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About the Author:
Chester G. Starr is Bentley Professor of History Emeritus at the University of Michigan. The founding president of the Association of Ancient Historians, he is the author of the highly acclaimed A History of the Ancient World and over a dozen other books on the classical world.

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