The Mediterranean Context of Early Greek History reveals the role of the complex interaction of Mediterranean seafaring and maritime connections in the development of the ancient Greek city-states. * Offers fascinating insights into the origins of urbanization in the ancient Mediterranean, including the Greek city-state * Based on the most recent research on the ancient Mediterranean * Features a novel approach to theories of civilization change - foregoing the traditional isolationists model of development in favor of a maritime based network * Argues for cultural interactions set in motion by exchange and trade by sea
Nancy H. Demand is Professor Emerita in the Department of History, Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana. Her books include Thebes in the Fifth Century (1982); Urban Relocation in Archaic and Classical Greece: Flight and Consolidation (1990); Birth, Death and Motherhood in Classical Greece (1994); and A History of Ancient Greece (1996).
List of Illustrations vii List of Abbreviations ix Introduction: The Fantastic Cauldron of the Mediterranean Koine xi 1 Seafaring in the Mesolithic Mediterranean 1 2 The Neolithic Revolution/Transition 13 3 The Neolithic Diaspora 35 4 Urbanization in Mesopotamia 60 5 The Third Millennium 83 6 The Middle Bronze Age (2000 1550 BC): Recoveries 126 7 Late Bronze Age Maritime Networks 162 8 The Late Bronze Age Collapse and its Aftermath 193 9 Recovery and Expansion (1050 850 BC) 220 Bibliography 256 Index 349