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The Origins of Greek Civilization 1100-650 BC
Chester argues that true Greek civilization was swiftly and spontaneously generated in a remarkably autonomous renaissance during the two centuries from 850 to 650 B.C. Supporting his thesis with archaeological evidence previously unavailable to historians, Chester Starr offers a masterly reconstruction of an obscure and important period of Greek history.
Paperback, 440 pages
Published April 17th 1991 by W.W. Norton & Company
(first published 1961)
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Helpful. For me, especially helpful as a reminder that what, in Plato, looks like the usual myth of decline may correspond, in the Agaean, to real and catastrophic experience, rather than being projected directly from the metaphysical illusion that the older is a priori nobler, being closer to the cause, etc. etc. etc.
worked for me as an undergraduate introduction to greek history at its earliest bits. perhaps is problematized now by such things as Black Athena and whatnot--but how are you not gonna love a book written by a cat named 'Chester,' FFS?