Ancient Crete: From Successful Collapse to Democracy's Alternatives, Twelfth to Fifth Centuries BC (Hardback)
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Short Description for Ancient Crete Examines Crete's prehistory to find out why the classical city states of Crete differed considerably from those of central Greece.
- Published: 31 August 2010
- Format: Hardback 476 pages
- ISBN 13: 9780521112048 ISBN 10: 0521112044
- Sales rank: 1,410,762
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Full description for Ancient Crete
'Ancient Greece' with its associations of city states, democratic governance, and iconic material culture, can no longer be envisaged as a uniform geographical or historical entity. The Classical city-states of Crete differed considerably in culture, history and governance from those of central Greece. In this book, Saro Wallace reaches back into Crete's prehistory, covering the latest Bronze Age through the Archaic periods, to find out why. It emphasizes the roles of landscape, external contacts, social identity construction and historical consciousness in producing this difference, bringing together the wealth of new archaeological evidence available from the island with a variety of ancient text sources to produce a vivid and up-to-date picture of this momentous period in Crete's history.