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The Oxford handbook of the Bronze Age Aegean (ca. 3000-1000 BC)

Author: Eric H Cline
Publisher: New York : Oxford University Press, 2010.
Series: Oxford handbooks series
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"The Greek Bronze Age, roughly 3000 to 1000 BC, witnessed the flourishing of the Minoan and Mycenean civilizations, the earliest expansion of trade in the Aegean and wider Mediterranean Sea, the development of artistic techniques in a variety of media, and the evolution of early Greek religious practices and mythology. The period also witnessed a violent conflict in Asia Minor between warring peoples in the region,  Read more...
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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Eric H Cline
ISBN: 9780195365504 019536550X 9780199873609 0199873607
OCLC Number: 317778323
Description: xxxiii, 930 pages : illustrations, maps ; 26 cm.
Contents: Part I. Background and definitions --
Part II. Chronology and geography. Early Bronze Age ; Middle Bronze Age ; Late Bronze age --
Part III. Thematic topics. Art and architecture ; Society and culture ; Seals and writing/administrative systems ; Material crafts ; Events --
Part IV. Specific sites and regions. Crete ; Mainland Greece ; Cyclades, Dodecanese, and Saronic Islands ; Wider Mediterranean.
Series Title: Oxford handbooks series
Other Titles: Handbook of the Bronze Age Aegean
Bronze Age Aegean
Responsibility: edited by Eric H. Cline.
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"The Greek Bronze Age, roughly 3000 to 1000 BC, witnessed the flourishing of the Minoan and Mycenean civilizations, the earliest expansion of trade in the Aegean and wider Mediterranean Sea, the development of artistic techniques in a variety of media, and the evolution of early Greek religious practices and mythology. The period also witnessed a violent conflict in Asia Minor between warring peoples in the region, a conflict commonly believed to be the historical basis for Homer's Trojan War. The Oxford Handbook of the Bronze Age Aegean provides a detailed survey of these fascinating aspects of the period, and many others, in sixty-six newly commissioned essays." "Divided into four parts, the handbook begins with "Background and Definitions," which contains chapters establishing the discipline in its historical, geographical, and chronological settings, and in its relation to other disciplines. The second part, "Chronology and Geography," contains chapters examining the Bronze Age Aegean by chronological period (Early Bronze Age, Middle Bronze Age, Late Bronze Age). Each of the periods is further subdivided geographically, so that individual chapters are concerned with Mainland Greece during the Early Bronze Age, Crete during the Early Bronze Age, the Cycladic Islands during the Early Bronze Age, and the same for the Middle Bronze Age, followed by the Late Bronze Age. The third part, "Thematic and Specific Topics," includes chapters examining thematic topics that cannot be done justice in a strictly chronological/geographical treatment, including religion, state and society, trade, warfare, pottery, writing, and burial customs, as well as specific events, such as the eruption of Santorini and the Trojan War. The fourth part, "Specific Sites and Areas," contains chapters examining the most important regions and sites in the Bronze Age Aegean, including Mycenae, Tiryns, Pylos, Knossos, Kommos, Rhodes, the northern Aegean, and the Uluburun shipwreck, as well as adjacent areas such as the Levant, Egypt, and the western Mediterranean." "Containing new work by an international team of experts, The Oxford Handbook of the Bronze Age Aegean represents the most comprehensive, authoritative, and up-to-date single-volume survey of the field. It will be indispensable for scholars and advanced students alike." The Oxford Handbooks series is a major new initiative in academic publishing. Each volume offers an authoritative and state-of-the-art survey of current thinking and research in a particular subject area. Specially commissioned essays from leading international figures in the discipline give critical examinations of the progress and direction of the debates. Oxford Handbooks provide scholars and graduate students with compelling new perspectives upon a wide range of subjects in humanities and social sciences"--

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