This book is a comprehensive up-to-date survey of the Aegean Bronze Age, from its beginnings to the period following the collapse of the Mycenaean palace system. In essays by leading authorities commissioned especially for this volume, it covers the history and the material culture of Crete, Greece, and the Aegean Islands from c.3000–1100 BCE, as well as topics such as trade, religions, and economic administration. Intended as a reliable, readable introduction for university students, it will also be useful to scholars in related fields within and outside classics. The contents of this book are arranged chronologically and geographically, facilitating comparison between the different cultures. Within this framework, the cultures of the Aegean Bronze Age are assessed thematically and combine both material culture and social history.
• The only book to cover all aspects of the whole period • Covers both material culture and social history • Chronological and geographic organisation make it useful as a textbook for university students
1. Background, sources, and methods Cynthia Shelmerdine; 2. The early bronze age in Greece Daniel Pullen; 3. The early bronze age in the Cyclades Cyprian Broodbank; 4. Early prepalatial Crete David Wilson; 5. Protopalatial Crete: a. Formation of the palaces Sturt W. Manning; b. The material culture Carl Knappett; 6. The material culture of neopalatial Crete John Younger and Paul Rehak; 7. Minoan culture: religion, burial customs, administration John Younger and Paul Rehak; 8. Minoan Crete and the Aegean Islands Jack L. Davis; 9. Minoan trade Philip P. Betancourt; 10. Early Mycenaean Greece James Clinton Wright; 11. Mycenaean art and architecture Janice L. Crowley; 12. Mycenaean states: A. Economy and administration Cynthia W. Shelmerdine and John Bennet; B. LM II-IIIB Laura Preston; 13. Burial customs: A. Death and the Mycenaeans William Cavanagh; B. Mycenaean religion Thomas G. Palaima; 14. Mycenaean Greece, the Aegean and Beyond Christopher Mee; 15. Decline, destruction, aftermath Sigrid Deger-Jalkotzy.
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'… one of the best regional accounts of the origins of complex societies worldwide.' Nature