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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Contents

The Early Ages of Greece
5
The Rise and Fall of the Mycenaean World
42
After the Mycenaean Collapse
77
Two Centuries of Consolidation
107
The Early Eighth Century
147
The Orient and Greece
189
The Intellectual Upheaval I
221
The Intellectual Upheaval II
261
Society and the Individual
300
The Rise of the CityState
324
Economic Quickening and Colonization
349
Epilogue
379
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