About the Book

Table of Contents

  1. The Traditions of History
  2. Setting the Stage
  3. The Problem of Beginnings
  4. Forming Communities: The Eighth Century BC
  5. The World of Hesiod and of Homer
  6. Reforming Communities: The Seventh Century BC
  7. The Greek World in 600 BC
  8. Inter-Relating Cities: The Short Sixth Century (600–520 BC)
  9. The Transformation of Archaic Greece 520–479 BC

Extended Table of Contents

1 The traditions of history

  • What is Polykrates to me? The necessity of archaic Greek history
  • History and the traditions of prehistory
  • The case of Cyrene
  • Using the archaeology
  • Our world under construction

2 Setting the Stage

  • The natural environment
  • Living off the land
  • Human constraints

3 The problem of beginnings

  • A slate rubbed clean? The onset of the Dark Age
  • Migration, invasion, and decline: explaining the void
  • The eastern Mediterranean world
  • Getting organised

4 Forming communities: The Eighth Century BC

  • Growing people
  • The changing world of the dead
  • The changing world of the gods
  • The world outside
  • The eighth-century view of the world
  • From communities to poleis?

5 The world of Hesiod and Homer

  • The tradition of oral poetry
  • Hesiod's world
  • The world of the Iliad and Odyssey
  • Hesiod, Homer, and history

6 Reforming communities: The Seventh Century

  • An artistic revolution
  • A world at war
  • Sparta
  • Law, constitutions, and extra-constitutional rule
  • Settlements and mobility
  • A divine revolution

7 The Greek World in 600 BC 203

  • Athens
  • Women
  • New cities

8 Inter-relating cities: the short Sixth Century (600–520 BC)

  • Competing in a panhellenic world
  • Monumentalising the city
  • Feud and faction beyond the history of the city
  • Networking cities

9 The transformation of archaic Greece 520–479 BC

  • Democracy
  • Philosophy
  • Persia