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Ancient Greece : social structure and evolution

Title
Ancient Greece : social structure and evolution / David B. Small, Lehigh University.
ISBN
9780521895057
0521895057
9780521719261
0521719267
Publication
Cambridge, United Kingdom ; New York, NY : Cambridge University Press, 2019.
Copyright Notice Date
©2019
Physical Description
xvi, 270 pages ; 23 cm.
Summary
This book examines the development of ancient Greek civilization through a path-breaking application of social scientific theories. David B. Small charts the rise of the Minoan and Mycenaean civilizations and the unique characteristics of the later classical Greeks through the lens of ancient social structure and complexity theory, opening up new ideas and perspectives on these societies. He argues that Minoan and Mycenaean institutions evolved from elaborate feasting, and that the genesis of Greek colonization was born from structural chaos in the eighth century. Small isolates distinctions between Iron Age Crete and the rest of the Greek world, focusing on important differences in social structure. His book differs from others on Ancient Greece, highlighting the perpetuation of classical Greek social structure into the middle years of the Roman Empire, and concluding with a comparison of the social structure of classical Greece to that of the classical Maya civilization.
Format
Books
Language
English
Added to Catalog
August 13, 2019
Series
Case studies in early societies.
Case studies in early societies
Bibliography
Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contents
My analytical frame
Social structure as an analytical frame
Complexity theory
Structure and scope of this book
Readings
The ancient greek landscape
People, land, environment
The topography
The seas
Climate
Subsistence
Subsistence and environment
Demographics
Readings
The neolithic in greece
Tell sites
Were communities hierarchical?
Measures of social complexity
Readings
Developments ca. 3200-2200 BCE
Developments on the mainland
Measures of social complexity
The Cyclades
Measures of social complexity Crete
Measures of social complexity
Readings
The beginning of change and the evolution of a Koine Crete
Evolution on the community level
The complexity theory frame
Evolution on a different scale: the palace polities and peak sanctuaries
The complexity theory window into the palaces
The west court
Large storage rooms
Central courtyards
Reception rooms
Banquet halls
Residential areas
Various cult activities
Other results of feasting: houses, "villas" and a return to the community level scale
Polity size and territorial control
Measures of social complexity
The Cyclades
Measures of social complexity
The mainland
Measures of social complexity
Later developments and the creation of an Aegean Koine.
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