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The Cambridge Companion to the Aegean Bronze Age

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Cynthia Shelmerdine, Daniel Pullen, Cyprian Broodbank, David Wilson, Sturt W. Manning, Carl Knappett, John Younger, Paul Rehak, Jack L. Davis, Philip P. Betancourt, James Clinton Wright, Janice L. Crowley, John Bennet, Laura Preston, William Cavanagh, Thomas G. Palaima, Christopher Mee, Sigrid Deger-Jalkotzy
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  • Date Published: August 2008
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521891271

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  • 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
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    Reviews & endorsements

    "...archaeologist Cynthia Shelmerdine and her co-authors synthesize a huge specialized literature on the lands and islands of the Aegean between 3000 bc and 1070 bc. The book offers one of the best regional accounts of the origins of complex societies worldwide." Jared Diamond, Nature

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    Product details

    • Date Published: August 2008
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521891271
    • length: 554 pages
    • dimensions: 221 x 150 x 25 mm
    • weight: 0.77kg
    • contains: 95 b/w illus. 11 maps
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    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.

  • Instructors have used or reviewed this title for the following courses

    • Aegean Archaeology
    • Aegean Art and Archaeology
    • Aegean Civilization
    • Archaeology of the Prehistoric Aegean
    • Art of the Aegean Bronze Age
    • Bronze Age
    • Bronze Age Aegean Archaeology
    • Bronze Age Archaeology
    • Early Greek Thought
    • Introduction to Greek Archaeology
    • Peoples of the World: Mediterranean
    • PreClassical Art
    • Prehistoric Aegean Art and Arcaheology
    • The Archaeology of Death
    • The Greek Bronze Age
    • The Minoan-Mycenaean Civilization
  • Editor

    Cynthia W. Shelmerdine, University of Texas, Austin
    Cynthia W. Shelmerdine is Robert M. Armstrong Centennial Professor of Classics Emerita at the University of Texas, Austin. Her main research interests are in Aegean Bronze Age archaeology, and Mycenaean Greek language, history and society. She was educated at Bryn Mawr College, Cambridge University and Harvard University (Ph.D. in Classical Philology, 1977). She has worked in the field as a ceramic expert with the University of Minnesota Messenia Expedition (1970s), the Pylos Regional Archaeological Project (1990s) and currently the Iklaina Archaeological Project (from 1999). She is the author of many publications on Mycenaean culture and history and is currently working on a book about Mycenaean Greek society.


    Cynthia Shelmerdine, Daniel Pullen, Cyprian Broodbank, David Wilson, Sturt W. Manning, Carl Knappett, John Younger, Paul Rehak, Jack L. Davis, Philip P. Betancourt, James Clinton Wright, Janice L. Crowley, John Bennet, Laura Preston, William Cavanagh, Thomas G. Palaima, Christopher Mee, Sigrid Deger-Jalkotzy

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