CLARCH 890 - Problems in Greek Archaeology
Section: 001 Greece's Dark Age
Term: FA 2018
Subject: Classical Archaeology (CLARCH)
Department: LSA Classical Studies
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Advisory Prerequisites:
Graduate standing.
May not be repeated for credit.
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The Greek Early Iron Age has seen some of the most exciting work in Greek archaeology in recent years. This period was once commonly known as Greece’s ‘Dark Age’, but our knowledge of its societies and cultures has improved dramatically due to both an increase in the data available and the use of more sophisticated methodologies and theoretical frameworks for understanding those data. It has become clear that during this period rapid and dramatic social and technological changes took place which laid the foundations for the development of the Classical ‘polis’ (citizen-state). Yet the precise timing and mechanisms involved have been hotly debated. In this course we explore the evidence for change on a regional basis and then focus on some of the major factors which have been proposed as contributing to the process of state formation. Our main emphasis will be on the theoretical debates which have taken place, and no prior knowledge of the archaeological evidence will be assumed.

Course Requirements:

2 class presentations; 1 book review; 1 final paper

Intended Audience:

Advanced students interested either in ancient Greece or in issues of state formation (or both).

Class Format:

Two meetings per week, mostly discussion of pre-assigned readings but with some presentations.

CLARCH 890 - Problems in Greek Archaeology
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001 (SEM)
MW 1:00PM - 2:30PM
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