A History of the Archaic Greek World provides theme-based coverage of the years 1200-479 BCE. By revisiting the evidence from the period with a critical and analytical eye, Jonathan M. Hall gives the reader the opportunity to investigate at first hand this crucial formative period of Greek history. In doing so, this book casts new light on traditional themes such as the rise of the city-state, colonization, citizen militias, the origins of egalitarianism, and the emergence of a self-conscious Greek identity.
Taking into consideration feedback from the first edition, the author has updated the text and added further material, including two new sections entitled Archaeological Gaps: Attica and Crete and 'Greek' Culture: Unity and Diversity; he has increased illustrative material, and included a new guide to electronic resources. In addition, Hall has expanded the geographical coverage of all material considered within the book. The text continues to provide an exceptionally wide range of archaeological evidence across a number of different specialties. The author brings a willingness to question existing notions, which allows the reader to become involved in the practice of history by probing and reevaluating conventional beliefs.