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Style and Society in Dark Age Greece

Style and Society in Dark Age Greece
The Changing Face of a Pre-literate Society 1100–700 BC


Part of New Studies in Archaeology

  • Author: James Whitley, School of History and Archaeology, University of Wales College of Cardiff
  • Date Published: December 2003
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521545853

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  • In this innovative study, James Whitley examines the relationship between the development of pot style and social changes in the Dark Age of Greece (1100-700 BC). He focuses on Athens where the Protogeometric and Geometric styles first appeared. He considers pot shape and painted decoration primarily in relation to the other relevant features - metal artefacts, grave architecture, funerary rites, and the age and sex of the deceased - and also takes into account different contexts in which these shapes and decorations appear. A computer analysis of grave assemblages supports his view that pot style is an integral part of the collective representations of Early Athenian society. It is a lens through which we can focus on the changing social circumstances of Dark Age Greece. Dr Whitley's approach to the study of style challenges many of the assumptions which have underpinned more traditional studies of Early Greek art.

    • Innovative approach which challenges many of the assumptions of traditional studies of Early Greek art
    • Computer analysis of grave assemblages to support author's view
    • Reveals how art responds to social change
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    '…a convincing plea for an archaeological treatment of Geometric pottery which neither reduces it to ideology nor relegates it to 'connoisseurship' and the values of the art market.' Antiquity

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    Product details

    • Date Published: December 2003
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521545853
    • length: 272 pages
    • dimensions: 246 x 189 x 15 mm
    • weight: 0.49kg
    • contains: 21 b/w illus. 39 colour illus. 14 tables
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    List of abbreviations
    List of tables
    List of figures and diagrams
    List of plates
    Preface and acknowledgements
    1. Introduction
    2. Theoretical perspectives
    3. Athens and Attica: the historical background
    4. Methods and chronology
    5. Athens: the analysis of the grave groups
    6. The wider Dark Age world
    7. Conclusions
    Index of sites
    General index.

  • Author

    James Whitley, School of History and Archaeology, University of Wales College of Cardiff

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