This text provides students an accessible introduction to the Archaeology of Greece from Prehistory to Late Antiquity that features a balanced treatment of the whole of material culture, including—but not limited to—art and architecture.
The concept of this book—that is, an integrated treatment of Greek Archaeology from a truly archaeological perspective: the material culture of the area of present-day Greece from earliest human occupation down to the Modern World—is unprecedented. A single volume treatment of all periods is thus entirely innovative. Mindful of the fact that instructors may not teach courses that span all periods, Bintliff has taken care that this book does the work of a basic single textbook introduction. And by offering overviews of all periods and providing the entire chronological spectrum this volume will also meet the growing need for discussion of both neglected ends of the story of Greece: the world of the Stone Age hunter-gatherers and the very long periods of post-Roman society.
THIS WILL BE THE FIRST BOOK IN A NEW SERIES OUTLINED BELOW:
Series title: CLASSICAL ARCHAEOLOGY
Sponsoring Editors: Al Bertrand, Sophie Gibson, and Jane Huber
Series Editor: The series will have no formal external editor
Potential Advisory Board:
Recognizing the artificiality of disciplinary boundaries, Blackwell is launching a new series in Classical Archaeology as a venue for work published at the intersection of Classics, History, and Archaeology. Individual volumes will run the gamut from reference works to textbooks to monographs. The common theme among these volumes will be their intellectual standard. Our ambition is to produce outstanding resources for teaching and research by some of the world’s top scholars. We hope each text will set a standard for excellence and will mirror the interdisciplinary nature of Classical Archaeology as practiced and studied.
In conversation, Jane, Sophie, and Al realized that in an effort to be collegially considerate that we were avoiding commissioning in areas that we were concerned might encroach on our colleagues’ work. Our proposed solution is to capitalize on such commonality by launching this new series. We hope this will advance our individual and collective publishing in two ways: (1) by targeting key volumes that might otherwise be missed opportunities and (2) by formally creating a collaborative series that we can use as a commissioning tool when approaching overburdened authors in this competitive and lucrative area. We hope this series will be greater than the sum of its parts and will furthermore offer us an opportunity to explore the possibility of greater interdisciplinary collaboration in pursuit of key texts.
While we are collectively proposing this series and will enumerate signing targets collaboratively, each project to come to the Editorial Board will have a designated sponsoring editor. We also imagine that these books will not be strongly branded as a series (except when to do so will enhance the book) and books in this series may be cross-listed in other series.
Will vary from text to text.
Selected Proposed Titles:
(These titles will be reworked and some volumes may be eliminated or subsumed in other volumes)
Possibly Brief Histories of Greek and Roman Archaeology; Archaeology of Roman Italy?
There are a number of Classical Archaeology series in existence.*
We hope that our deliberate collaboration will offer us a commissioning edge and help to distinguish our series from pre existent ones. Furthermore (as you will see in the titles below), sometimes these series are a catch all for a vast range of books. We hope to sample a range of books in this series but we will target key reference works and texts
* For example:
Cf. Cambridge University Press’s Classical Archaeology series: http://uk.cambridge.org/browse/browse_highlights.asp?subjectid=1008826
“For others, however, The complete archaeology of Greeceis a valuable source of information, drawing a broad canvas, and, most significantly, exposing important questions concerning each period. . . Bintliff’s book is a generous reciprocation of Greek Philoxenia, a distillation of his long experience of Greek archaeology in the field, this theoretical positions and methodological tools, reaching out further than to the people of Greece alone." (Antiquity, 1 January 2013)
‘Named CHOICE Outstanding Title for 2012
“Summing Up: Recommended. All readers.” (Choice, 1 November 2012)
“Bintliff’s newest contribution provides an ambitious panorama of Greek archaeology . . . Bintliff’s book does more than any other major survey of Greek history or archaeology to bring the rural economy into the larger narrative of later Greek history.” (The New Archaeology of the Mediterranean World, 1 September 2012)
“By doing that he has delivered a brilliant survey of Greek archaeology and a remarkably succinct and comprehensive volume – a must read for anyone interested in the archaeology of Greece.” (The Anglo-Hellenic Review, 1 October 2012)
“It doesn’t get much more comprehensive than this.” (Corinthianmatters.com, 2 May 2012)"For once a book that does not oversell itself! Bintliff's book is not just The Complete Archaeology of Greece, but is the first overview that is complete. Born from a lifetime of experience in regional studies in Greece, it is an impressive accomplishment that respects the material culture of all periods of the Hellenic past."
"A stunning panoramic review of the archaeology of the Greek world from prehistory to the end of Ottoman rule. The volume offers a theoretically-sophisticated, methodologically challenging and intellectually stimulating survey which will be a must-read for all interested in the archaeology of the area."
- John Haldon, Princeton University
"A bold, ambitious and perhaps controversial work…it ranges from deep prehistory to modern times, encompassing Minoans, Mycenaeans, the Classical world, Byzantium and the Ottoman empire along its course. Building on a lifetime's experience, Bintliff has produced a tour de force which will, I predict, have many critics but very few rivals."
- Colin Renfrew, Cambridge University
List of Color Plates xxii
Part I The Landscape and Aegean Prehistory 9
1 The Dynamic Land 11
2 Hunter-Gatherers: The Palaeolithic and Epipalaeolithic in Greece 28
3 Early Farming Communities: Neolithic Greece 46
4 Complex Cultures of the Early Bronze Age 83
5 The Middle to Early Late Bronze Age on Crete: The Minoan Civilization 123
6 The Middle to Early Late Bronze Age on the Cyclades and the Mainland 155
7 The Mature Late Bronze Age on the Mainland and in the Wider Aegean: The Mycenaean Civilization 181
Part II The Archaeology of Classical, Hellenistic, and Roman Greece in its Longer-term Context 207
8 The Greek Early Iron Age and the Concept of a "Dark Age" 209
9 The Archaeology of the Archaic Era: Demography, Settlement Patterns, and Everyday Life 234
10 The Built Environment, Symbolic Material Culture, and Society in Archaic Greece 252
11 The Archaeology of Classical Greece: Demography, Settlement Patterns, and Everyday Life 265
12 Symbolic Material Culture, the Built Environment, and Society in Classical Greece 285
13 The Archaeology of Greece in Hellenistic to Early Roman Imperial Times: Demography, Settlement Patterns, and Everyday Life 310
14 Symbolic Material Culture, the Built Environment, and Society in Hellenistic and Early Roman Greece 337
15 The Archaeology of Greece from Middle Roman Imperial Times to Late Antiquity: Demography, Settlement Patterns, and Everyday Life 351
16 Symbolic Material Culture, the Built Environment, and Society in Middle to Late Roman Greece 369
Part III The Archaeology of Medieval and post-Medieval Greece in its Historical Context 379
17 The Archaeology of Byzantine Greece: Demography, Settlement Patterns, and Everyday Life 381
18 Symbolic Material Culture, the Built Environment, and Society in the Byzantine Aegean 402
19 The Archaeology of Frankish-Crusader Society in Greece 416
20 The Archaeology of Ottoman and Venetian Greece: Population, Settlement Dynamics, and Socio-economic Developments 436
21 Material Culture, the Built Environment, and Society in Ottoman and Venetian Greece 459
22 The Archaeology of Early Modern Greece 478
Number Of Pages: 544
Published: 20th April 2012
Dimensions (cm): 24.4 x 18.9 x 2.873
Weight (kg): 1.02