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The First Western Greeks

The First Western Greeks

  • Date Published: December 1992
  • availability: Unavailable - out of print July 1996
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521421645

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  • The purpose of this book is to acquaint a wider audience with an archaeological project that could hardly be more revolutionary: the effective discovery and excavation, from 1952 onwards, of the first Greek establishment in the West, Euboean Pithekoussai on the island of Ischia in the Bay of Naples. This vast trading settlement is not at all typical of the Western colonial scene. Pithekoussi is very large and very early, and it marks the northern limit of Greek South Italy; furthermore, the earliest immigrants may not all have been Greek. This book about Pithekoussai and its implications is based on Giorgio Buchner's excavations there, which have revealed a variety of component sites so far without parallel in the contemporary Greek homeland. The cemetery, the acropolis dump and suburban industrial quarter each shed light on a different aspect of everyday life at one of the great crossroads of antiquity.

    • This is the only published account of the Pithekoussai excavations
    • The subject is of absolutely central concern to Greek historians and archaeologists
    • Lively and interesting account that could appeal to the layman
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    • Date Published: December 1992
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521421645
    • length: 200 pages
    • dimensions: 224 x 145 x 16 mm
    • weight: 0.364kg
    • contains: 52 b/w illus.
    • availability: Unavailable - out of print July 1996
  • Table of Contents

    List of illustrations
    Preface and acknowledgements
    Part I. The Protagonist:
    1. Mycenaean prologue
    2. The Euboeans at home and abroad
    3. Pithekoussai: and introduction
    Part II. Pithekoussai in the Second Half of the Eighth Century BC:
    4. Pithekoussai: the cemetery in the Valle de San Montano
    5. Pithekoussai: the non-funerary sites
    Part III. Interactions:
    6. Pithekoussai: status and function
    7. Campania, Latium vetus and Southern Etruria in the ninth and eighth centuries
    8. Etruscan epilogue
    Notes on further reading
    Abbreviations
    Bibliography.

  • Author

    David Ridgway

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