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Download PDF by Sigrid Deger-Jalkotzy, Irene S. Lemos: Ancient Greece: From the Mycanaean Palaces to the Age of

By Sigrid Deger-Jalkotzy, Irene S. Lemos

ISBN-10: 0748618899

ISBN-13: 9780748618897

This e-book is the main primary reinterpretation of historical Greek heritage, tradition, and society in thirty years. The authors refute the conventional view of the Greek darkish Age with proof of a gentle development from Mycenaean kingship to the notion of aristocratic the Aristocracy within the Archaic period.

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Whereas formerly elites struggled for ascendancy within their community and throughout their immediate region, now they began to compete in areas more widespread: with other elites in their larger region, among nascent polities as conflict arose along territorial boundaries, and presumably also in the wider arena of Aegean relations. At this time architecture assumed a new importance for it was a natural display of the ability of a leader to command many resources: labour for construction, the specialised labour of crafts persons, and local and exotic materials.

At Malthi we may have the instance of a village where one lineage group was ascendant and where its headman and his family lived in the main house, which was also a place of socio-political gathering. The nearby evidence of a suite of rooms for probable craft activities may indicate the desire of the headman to have some immediate control over important craft production (Valmin 1938: 102–5, 368–9). Whether or not we would find the same plan and organisation elsewhere depends upon the extent to which other places had achieved the same level and kind of socio-political integration as at Malthi.

Despite this interpretation it is hard to think that the filling of walls would have had no structural purpose; this is especially so in the laid rubble fill in some of the temples. Differences of interpretation notwithstanding, the structural similarities between this old       33 Anatolian system and that employed in the latest phases of the Mycenaean palaces are surely owed to some exchange of technology, probably accomplished through the exchange of craftspersons (Zaccagnini 1983).

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