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eBook A History of the Archaic Greek World, ca. 1200-479 BCE ePub

by Jonathan M. Hall

  • ISBN: 1118301277
  • Category: Humanities
  • Subcategory: Other
  • Author: Jonathan M. Hall
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell; 2 edition (August 19, 2013)
  • Pages: 392
  • ePub book: 1514 kb
  • Fb2 book: 1101 kb
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  • Rating: 4.2
  • Votes: 368

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Jonathan Hall has written a stimulating new history of Archaic Greece. The book is very well written, with a very helpful glossary of literary sources and a useful index; it does not pre-suppose any knowledge of the evidence or methods.

Jonathan Hall has written a stimulating new history of Archaic Greece. Hall explores the general problems that a historian faces in practising history, providing an excellent introduction to the issues. Fundamentally, Hall's book stresses the need to rethink the concept of historical change. Very attractive physical appearanc. n extensive bibliography and index.

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Start by marking A History of the Archaic Greek World: ca. 1200-479 BCE as Want to Read: Want to Read savin. ant to Read. Hall chooses to tackle some of the more obscure problems of Archaic Greek History right off the bat, which may put some people off as they are quite technical, but if you persevere, his engaging writing style and the richness of the history that he is covering are well worth the effort. The book jacket says it will provide "thematic coverage" of the main events of the times, but when I finished it, I still couldn't tell you what the main events were. I did not learn much nor enjoy this book.

Jonathan M. Hall is the Phyllis Fay Horton Distinguished Service Professor in the Humanities and Professor in the Departments of History and Classics and the College at the . 1200-479 BCE Blackwell History of the Ancient World. Hall is the Phyllis Fay Horton Distinguished Service Professor in the Humanities and Professor in the Departments of History and Classics and the College at the University of Chicago. He is the author of Ethnic Identity in Greek Antiquity (1997), Hellenicity: Between Ethnicity and Culture (2002), and Artifact and Artifice: Classical Archaeology and the Ancient Historian (2013).

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A History of the Archaic Greek World offers a theme-based approach to the development of the Greek world in the years 1200-479 BCE. A Thematic study of this crucial formative period of Greek history, from the same series as . Rhodes' A History of the Classical Greek World. Takes a critical and analytical look at evidence about the history of the archaic Greek World. Involves the reader in the practice of history by questioning and reevaluating conventional beliefs. A History of the Archaic Greek World: Ca. 1200-479 BCE. By Jonathan M. Hall, Professor of Ancient Greek History Jonathan M Hall. Pages displayed by permission of John Wiley & Sons. Hall is Phyllis Fay Horton Professor in the Humanities, Professor and Chair of Classics and Professor in the Departments of History and the College at the University of Chicago. He has written numerous articles on the political, social, and cultural history of the early Greek world and is the author of Ethnic Identity in Greek Antiquity (1997) and Hellenicity: Between Ethnicity and Culture (2002). Bibliografische gegevens. 1200-479 BCE Blackwell History of the Ancient World, ISSN 1759-3204.

A History of the Archaic Greek World provides theme-based coverage of the years 1200-479 BCE. By revisiting the evidence from the period with a critical and analytical eye, Jonathan M. Hall gives the reader the opportunity to investigate at first hand this crucial formative period of Greek history. In doing so, this book casts new light on traditional themes such as the rise of the city-state, colonization, citizen militias, the origins of egalitarianism, and the emergence of a self-conscious Greek identity.

A History of the Archaic Greek World offers a theme-based approach to the development of the Greek world in the years 1200-479 BC.

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Beazezius Beazezius
I am currently writing a dissertation that requires my constantly referring to the primary and secondary sources of Greek political history. Over and over again, I have returned to this book, because of both its comprehensiveness, presentation of primary source texts in "windows" or tables that contribute much to the author's arguments in each section and lastly, the author's unsurpassed excellence in presenting all the sides to each issue in highly readable form. Until today, I had been using my university's library copy...but, decided today that this is a book well worth having in my own possession, as I will likely be referring to it several more times in the years to come.
Not-the-Same Not-the-Same
Since I'm interested in the Greeks of Sicily and Magna Graecia I was not disappointed in the coverage Jonathan Hall gave this book. Many histories in the past failed to give the 'Western Greeks' their proper due. Otherwise, the book is a great compilation of the history, archaeology, laws, civil wars, politics, and culture of a people that were to become arguably the greatest civilization of the ancient world. The work is wonderfully researched and documented.
Whitecaster Whitecaster
We all learnt history at school and the history of Ancient Greece is an integral part of the curriculum in Europe and perhaps in some other parts of the world too. You meet it in primary school and then at secondary school because you have to understand the roots of democracy and of European civilisation to make sense of our era. You might have a feeling that you already know enough. But do you? No. If you take this book into your hands and start reading it turns out that you do not know too much about either the archaic Greek world or, what is more, history: in Chapter 1 the key question "What is History?" pops up after the author shows you an obvious pitfall when someone tries to assemble the pieces from different literary sources ranging from Hesiod to Plutarch. I asked a few of my acquaintances but no one had a well-informed or well-thought-over answer, obviously, we do not spend too much thought on it and therefore are not prepared to answer this seemingly simple question. However, this is the fundamental question in history as your relationship to history depends on your answer and on the answer the historian who writes a book gives to it.

As it turns out, what a nine or fourteen years old student is usually taught under the title "History" is mostly a bunch of anecdotal stories from the pens of authors who lived centuries after the actual events. On the other hand, archeology is not that reliable source either, partly because not everything leaves material traces behind and, secondly, only a small fraction of those which do is uncovered or matched with the appropriate historical context.

This book is great in showing the reader how the data available to the historian is insufficient to support certainties in most aspects of archaic Greek life and events and sometimes the careful analysis suggests a different most probable interpretation from the widely accepted one. The further back we look into the murky waters of time, the more common it is to be left with probabilities and trends, and uncertainties and doubts, than with facts and truths. The author does more than teaching history, he helps you learn to think in the historian way.
Wrathmaster Wrathmaster
Great condition
Windforge Windforge
Hall establishes and completes a specific task: presenting contemporary developments in the discipline of history and their relevance to his niche of expertise, archaic Greece. The book is not only an introduction to the period; it is also an introduction to historical research. This approach has its uses. Readers get to witness the Chicago style, come to understand the importance of historical sources and the variety of evidence present in ancient history, and get a feel for the presence of dispute and uncertainty that is critical to history. This is a book about evidence, not facts.

The method also creates a few problems. First, it doesn't present a chronological view of the period, though with archaic Greece this can't be done anyways. Second, Hall loves to reference secondary sources in the text, which are really useless to his target audience. College freshmen aren't going to bother reading these. I would recommend is reading Hall in conjunction with another history, one centered on a timeline.
Blackstalker Blackstalker
For those interested in the development of the classic Greek age, well worth your time. We had the opportunity to tour part of the ancient Greek world with the author which only underscored the quality of his work in combining archaeology and history to provide better insight into what lead to the classical Greek period.