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Archaeology and the Emergence of Greece$
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Anthony Snodgrass

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780748623334

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9780748623334.001.0001

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The Rejection of Mycenaean Culture and the Oriental Connection

The Rejection of Mycenaean Culture and the Oriental Connection

(p.158) Chapter 9 The Rejection of Mycenaean Culture and the Oriental Connection
Archaeology and the Emergence of Greece

Anthony Snodgrass

Edinburgh University Press

This chapter is devoted to Greco-Oriental contacts at the turn of the second and first millennia BC. The central concern is with continuities and discontinuities: essentially with the question of the ancestry of the Greek world of the Early Iron Age and thus, less directly, of archaic and classical Greece. In the field of the visual arts, many of the most impressive Greco-Oriental parallels are between Near Eastern monuments of Bronze Age date, and Greek ones of the seventh and sixth centuries BC. It is a nice irony that Lefkandi, the site without which none of the arguments cited at the beginning would have been advanced in so strong a form (whether about the continuity of the polis, or more especially about the survival of the oriental links of the Mycenaean world) was a Middle Helladic site with a thin Mycenaean occupation, to which a return in force was evidently made only in the final stages of the Bronze Age.

Keywords:   Greece, Orient, Mycenaean, Bronze Age, Iron Age, monuments, Lefkandi, polis, visual arts

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