This is achieved in an exemplary manner; 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, it makes very sound use of the evidence, and offers convincing arguments. The end of the tyranny. Contents: Cover; Title page; Copyright page; Contents; Maps; Figures; Documents; Preface; Preface to the Second Edition; Timeline; 1: The Practice of History; The Lelantine War; The Lelantine War Deconstructed; What is History? List of Maps x List of Figures xi List of Documents xiii Preface xv Preface to the Second Edition xvii Timeline xix 1 The Practice of History 1 The Lelantine War 1 The Lelantine War Deconstructed 4 What Is History? In doing so, this book casts new light on traditional themes such as the rise of the city-state, citizen militias, and the origins of egalitarianism. Hall explores the general problems that a historian faces in practising history, providing an excellent introduction to the issues. With its second edition, Jonathan Hall offers a reliable and up-to-date survey of the major developments in society, institutions, and culture in the Greek World and its periphery from the end of the Mycenaean palace administration to the Persian Wars. Hall adopts this recent trend; as regards the motives behind this mobility, he accepts both agricultural and commercial considerations.
Some more equal than others. Involves the reader in the practice of history by questioning and reevaluating conventional beliefs. History of the archaic Greek world, ca. Hall shows that the evidence for population increase and the emergence of urban centres is difficult to assess and claims that it shows far less drastic changes in the eighth century than usually posited. Chapter 6 119-54 examines the changing nature of authority. List of Maps x List of Figures xi List of Documents xiii Preface xv Preface to the Second Edition xvii Timeline xix 1 The Practice of History 1 The Lelantine War 1 The Lelantine War Deconstructed 4 What Is History? The limits of narrative history. The invention of the barbarian.
Fundamentally, Hall's book stresses the need to rethink the concept of historical change. Evaluating the Spartan Mirage 227 9 The City of Theseus 235 The End of the Tyranny 235 The Birth of Democracy? Takes a critical and analytical look at evidence about the history of the archaic Greek World. Hall does not present final truths but takes us along on his exciting and sometimes frustrating road to discovery; he stimulates our thinking and helps us penetrate to a deeper level of understanding. At the same time it seems that Homeric society knows no well-defined aristocracy; Hall argues that while a class terminology kaloi vs. Hall explains how we can make sense of sources which are significantly later than the events they describe, how it is possible to date ancient texts, inscriptions or objects, and how we can use different forms of evidence in combination. The urban aspect of the polis: houses, graves, and walls. The same picture seems to emerge when one looks at evidence for specialised political and economic functions: buildings with specialised political functions seem only to emerge in the sixth century, while economic functions seem to take place in a variety of different settings e.
Chapter 4 67-92 is entitled 'Communities of place'. 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. The Loss and Recovery of WritingWhose Dark Age? By revisiting the evidence from the period, with a critical and analytical eye, Jonathan M. Land, labor, and the crisis in Attica. Breaking news - the Archaic period of ancient Greece is not archaic! The emergence of an aristocracy.
Breaking news - the Archaic period of ancient Greece is not archaic! Rather, society is divided between leaders and followers. Hall gives the reader the opportunity to investigate at first hand this crucial formative period of Greek history. It examines various theories for the collapse of Mycenaean communities military, environmental, economic, and social , arguing in favour of multi- rather than uni-causal theories. Rhodes' A History of the Classical Greek World. Engaging closely with the archaeological evidence, textual sources, and modern scholarship, the author challenges many well-established views and introduces the reader to the evidence as well as the tools, approaches, and methods on which a meaningful reconstruction of the crucial developments in early Greek history can be based. 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. A Thematic study of this crucial formative period of Greek history, from the same series as P.
Charting the genesis of the state. Rhodes' A History of the Classical Greek World. The loss and recovery of writing. Hall does not present final truths but takes us along on his exciting and sometimes frustrating road to discovery; he stimulates our thinking and helps us penetrate to a deeper level of understanding. Series Title: Responsibility: Jonathan M. The emergence of panhellenism: the internal dimension.
Hall stresses that while ethnos and polis were not mutually exclusive, ethnos puts the emphasis on a community of people, while polis stresses place. Takes a critical and analytical look at evidence about the history of the archaic Greek World. The A typicality of Athens; Further Reading; 10: Making a Living; Conceptualizing Ancient Economic Activity; A Peasant Economy? The author brings a willingness to question existing notions, which allows the reader to become involved in the practice of history by probing and reevaluating conventional beliefs. By revisiting the evidence from the period with a critical and analytical eye, Jonathan M. 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. And he makes a stimulating argument that the earlier emergence of poleis in certain areas rather than others can be connected to their Mycenaean background.
In addition, Hall has expanded the geographical coverage of all material considered within the book. Chapter 2 17-40 is a very useful introduction to the specific sources and problems of the archaic period. Hall's conclusion is, however, that we have to retain the Dark Ages as a meaningful category and a distinct period of Greek history. It examines the Dorian invasion and the subsequent migrations, questioning their historicity by arguing that the stories relating these migrations show traits of amalgamation between different traditions; instead, there are alternative explanations of why certain areas share similar linguistic, institutional and cultural features e. The explosion of dedications and the first monumental temples have been taken as evidence for the emergence of a new form of polis community. It aims to introduce the student or the interested outsider to the evidence for archaic Greece and to display the ways a historian can use this evidence with its problematic nature, in order to reach historical conclusions.
Greeks and others: the external dimension. The book is to be recommended. Chapter 3 41-66 deals with the end of the Mycenaean world and its aftermath. Taras, Phalanthos, and the Partheniai 116 Hunger or Greed? The text continues to provide an exceptionally wide range of archaeological evidence across a number of different specialties. The rise of Persia and the invasions of Greece. Reviewed by Kostas Vlassopoulos, University of Nottingham konstantinos.