The Oxford Handbook of the Bronze Age Aegean

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byEric 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 religiouspractices 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 fascinatingaspects of the period, and many others, in sixty-six newly commissioned articles. Divided into four sections, the handbook begins with Background and Definitions, which contains articles establishing the discipline in its historical, geographical, and chronological settings and in its relation to other disciplines. The second section, Chronology and Geography, contains articlesexamining the Bronze Age Aegean by chronological period (Early Bronze Age, Middle Bronze Age, Late Bronze Age). Each of the periods are further subdivided geographically, so that individual articles 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 section, Thematic and Specific Topics, includes articles 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 section, Specific Sites and Areas, contains articles examining the most important regions and sites in the BronzeAge 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.

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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 religiouspractices and mythology. The period also wi...

Eirc H. Cline is Associate Professor of Classics and Anthropology (Ancient History and Archaeology) and Chair of the Departments of Classical and Semitic Languages and Literatures at The George Washington University.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:976 pages, 9.61 × 6.69 × 0.68 inPublished:November 25, 2011Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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AcknowledgementsContributorsAbbreviationsEric H. Cline: PrefaceSection I: Background and Definitions1. James D. Muhly: History of Research2. Sturt W. Manning: Chronology and TerminologySection II: Chronology and Geography3. Peter Tomkins: Neolithic AntecedentsEarly Bronze Age4. Jeannette Forsn: Mainland Greece5. Peter Tomkins and Ilse Schoep: Crete6. Colin Renfrew: CycladesMiddle Bronze Age7. Sofia Voutsaki: Mainland Greece8. Erik Hallager: Crete9. Robin L. N. Barber: CycladesLate Bronze Age10. Kim Shelton: Mainland Greece11. Erik Hallager: Crete12. Robin L. N. Barber: Cyclades13. Reinhard Jung: End of the Bronze AgeSection III: Thematic Topics - Art and Architecture14. Louise Hitchcock: Minoan Architecture15. Louise Hitchcock: Mycenaean Architecture16. Ioulia Tzonou-Herbst: Figurines17. Anne P. Chapin: FrescoesSociety and Culture18. Dimitri Nakassis, Michael L. Galaty, and William A. Parkinson: State and Society19. Susan Lupack: Minoan Religion20. Susan Lupack: Mycenaean Religion21. Christopher Mee: Death and Burial22. Bryan E. Burns: Trade23. Ioannis Georganas: Weapons and WarfareSeals and Writing/Administrative Systems24. Judith Weingarten: Minoan Seals and Sealings25. John G. Younger: Mycenaean Seals and Sealings26. Helena Tomas: Cretan Hieroglyphic and Linear A27. Thomas G. Palaima: Linear B28. Nicolle Hirschfeld: Cypro-MinoanMaterial Crafts29. Doniert G. Evely: Materials and Industries30. Birgitta Hallager: Minoan Pottery31. Jeremy B. Rutter: Mycenaean Pottery32. Brendan Burke: Textiles33. Robert Laffineur: JewelleryEvents34. Sturt W. Manning: Eruption of Thera/Santorini35. Trevor Bryce: Trojan War36. Oliver Dickinson: The Collapse at the End of the Bronze AgeSection IV: Specific Sites and Regions - Crete37. Vincenzo La Rosa: Ayia Triada38. Lefteris Platon: Kato Zakros39. Maria Andreadaki-Vlazaki: Khania (Kydonia)40. Colin Macdonald: Knossos41. Joseph and Maria Shaw: Kommos42. Jan Driessen: Malia43. J. Alexander MacGillivray and L. Hugh Sackett: Palaikastro44. Vincenzo La Rosa: PhaistosMainland Greece45. Sofia Voutsaki: Argolid46. Anastasia Dakouri-Hild: Boeotia47. William G. Cavanagh: Central and Southern Peloponnese48. Stelios Andreou: Northern Aegean49. Martha Wiencke: Lerna50. Elizabeth French: Mycenae51. Jack L. Davis: Pylos52. Anastasia Dakouri-Hild: Thebes53. Robert Laffineur: Thorikos54. Joseph Maran: TirynsCyclades, Dodecanese, and Saronic Islands55. Walter Gauss: Aegina Kolonna56. Christos Doumas: Akrotiri57. Toula Marketou: Dodecanese58. Toula Marketou: RhodesWider Mediterranean59. George F. Bass: Cape Gelidonya shipwreck60. Louise Steel: Cyprus61. Jacke Phillips: Egypt62. Assaf Yasur-Landau: Levant63. Peter Jablonka: Troy64. Cemal Pulak: Uluburun shipwreck65. Alan M. Greaves: Western Anatolia66. Lucia Vagnetti: Western Mediterranean