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Burial and Ancient Society : The Rise of the Greek City-State - Ian Morris

Burial and Ancient Society

The Rise of the Greek City-State

By: Ian Morris, Lord Colin Renfrew (Editor), Wendy Ashmore (Editor), Clive Gamble (Editor), John O'Shea (Editor)

Paperback Published: 28th May 1990
ISBN: 9780521387385
Number Of Pages: 276

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This study of the changing relationships between burial rituals and social structure in Early Iron Age Greece will be required reading for all archaeologists working with burial evidence, in whatever period. This book differs from many topical studies of state formation in that unique and particular developments are given as much weight as those factors which are common to all early states. The ancient literary evidence and the relevant historical and anthropological comparisons are extensively drawn on in an attempt to explain the transition to the city-state, a development which was to have decisive effects for the subsequent development of European society.

'Burial and Ancient Society by Ian Morris is an important book ... Unconvinced by the arguments for very rapid population growth and population decline in Attica ... Morris argues that the evidence reflects changes in the proportion of the total population buried in archaeologically visible ways, rather than changes in the size of the population ... No doubt the debate will continue, but this is a significent contribution to it.' Greece & Rome

List of figures and tables
Preface and acknowledgements
Introduction: the argument
The living and the dead
The social dimensions of early Greek burial
Demography and space
The burying groups
Exclusion and retrieval
Mortuary and display
Pottery and population
The rise of the polis
Conclusion
Appendices
Bibliography
Site index
General index
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ISBN: 9780521387385
ISBN-10: 0521387388
Series: New Studies in Archaeology
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 276
Published: 28th May 1990
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 25.4 x 17.8  x 1.5
Weight (kg): 0.5