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The Resource Ancient Greece : social structure and evolution, David B. Small, Lehigh University

Ancient Greece : social structure and evolution, David B. Small, Lehigh University

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Ancient Greece : social structure and evolution
Title
Ancient Greece
Title remainder
social structure and evolution
Statement of responsibility
David B. Small, Lehigh University
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Author
Subject
Language
eng
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
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Small, David B
Dewey number
938
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • maps
  • plans
Index
index present
LC call number
DF77
LC item number
.S48 2019
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
Series statement
Case studies in early societies
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Greece
  • Civilization
  • Greece
  • Sozialstruktur
  • Griechenland
Label
Ancient Greece : social structure and evolution, David B. Small, Lehigh University
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Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 225-265) and index
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volume
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Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
1. My analytical frame -- Social structure as an analytical frame -- Complexity theory -- Structure and scope of this book -- Readings -- 2. The ancient Greek landscape -- People, land, environment -- The topography -- The seas -- Climate -- Subsistence -- Subsistence and environment -- Demographics -- Readings -- 3. The neolithic in Greece -- Tell sites -- Were communities hierarchical? -- Measures of social complexity -- Readings -- 4. 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 -- 5. 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 -- 6. Changes in the latter part of the second millennium BCE -- Charting social evolution on the mainland : complexity theory's frame -- Institutions of the palaces : what the texts tell us -- Problems in understanding Mycenaean Greece -- The palaces disappear -- Measures of social complexity -- Readings -- 7. The eleventh to eighth centuries : from collapse to created chaos -- Demographics -- Regionalism -- New ways of feasting -- Introduction of iron -- The return of literacy -- Our analytical frame -- Aspects of social structure before chaos -- Institutions within the house -- Religious ceremonies and sacrifice -- Funeral practices -- Institution of warfare/battle -- Institutions of leadership and power -- Chaos and change -- Community fissioning : the start of Greek settlement expansion -- Creating the context for self-organization and phase transition -- Early examples -- Measures of social complexity -- Readings -- 8. A brave new world : the new structure and characteristics of its emergence -- The religious sanctuary --Community sanctuaries : general characteristics -- Intercommunity santuaries -- Athletic contests -- Other sanctuaries -- Warfare/battle -- Funerals and burials -- Political institutions -- Similarities of internal political structure : the result of the codification of the epics as an attractor -- Additional institutionalized public assembly -- The gymnasion -- Economic institutions, principally markets -- The household -- Another complexity : community cohesion, agency, and political economy -- Readings -- 9. Developments after the rise of Macedon -- The historical context -- Considerations of structure -- Measures of social complexity -- Readings -- 10. The Cretan difference -- Azoria and the different institutions of Crete -- A view into the evolution of the Cretan Polis -- Measurements of social complexity -- Readings -- 11. The sweep of things : the larger picture of the evolution of Ancient Greece -- 12. Greece is not alone : the small polity evolutionary characteristics of the ancient Greeks and other past cultures -- Characteristics of Greek small polities -- The classic Maya -- Benefits from employing the Greek model -- Readings
Control code
1052902516
Dimensions
23 cm.
Extent
xvi, 270 pages
Isbn
9780521895057
Lccn
2018043662
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations, maps, plans
System control number
(OCoLC)1052902516
Label
Ancient Greece : social structure and evolution, David B. Small, Lehigh University
Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 225-265) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
1. My analytical frame -- Social structure as an analytical frame -- Complexity theory -- Structure and scope of this book -- Readings -- 2. The ancient Greek landscape -- People, land, environment -- The topography -- The seas -- Climate -- Subsistence -- Subsistence and environment -- Demographics -- Readings -- 3. The neolithic in Greece -- Tell sites -- Were communities hierarchical? -- Measures of social complexity -- Readings -- 4. 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 -- 5. 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 -- 6. Changes in the latter part of the second millennium BCE -- Charting social evolution on the mainland : complexity theory's frame -- Institutions of the palaces : what the texts tell us -- Problems in understanding Mycenaean Greece -- The palaces disappear -- Measures of social complexity -- Readings -- 7. The eleventh to eighth centuries : from collapse to created chaos -- Demographics -- Regionalism -- New ways of feasting -- Introduction of iron -- The return of literacy -- Our analytical frame -- Aspects of social structure before chaos -- Institutions within the house -- Religious ceremonies and sacrifice -- Funeral practices -- Institution of warfare/battle -- Institutions of leadership and power -- Chaos and change -- Community fissioning : the start of Greek settlement expansion -- Creating the context for self-organization and phase transition -- Early examples -- Measures of social complexity -- Readings -- 8. A brave new world : the new structure and characteristics of its emergence -- The religious sanctuary --Community sanctuaries : general characteristics -- Intercommunity santuaries -- Athletic contests -- Other sanctuaries -- Warfare/battle -- Funerals and burials -- Political institutions -- Similarities of internal political structure : the result of the codification of the epics as an attractor -- Additional institutionalized public assembly -- The gymnasion -- Economic institutions, principally markets -- The household -- Another complexity : community cohesion, agency, and political economy -- Readings -- 9. Developments after the rise of Macedon -- The historical context -- Considerations of structure -- Measures of social complexity -- Readings -- 10. The Cretan difference -- Azoria and the different institutions of Crete -- A view into the evolution of the Cretan Polis -- Measurements of social complexity -- Readings -- 11. The sweep of things : the larger picture of the evolution of Ancient Greece -- 12. Greece is not alone : the small polity evolutionary characteristics of the ancient Greeks and other past cultures -- Characteristics of Greek small polities -- The classic Maya -- Benefits from employing the Greek model -- Readings
Control code
1052902516
Dimensions
23 cm.
Extent
xvi, 270 pages
Isbn
9780521895057
Lccn
2018043662
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations, maps, plans
System control number
(OCoLC)1052902516

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