Greeks and Pre-Greeks
Aegean Prehistory and Greek Heroic Tradition
By (author) Margalit Finkelberg
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Greeks and Pre-Greeks by Margalit Finkelberg
Book DescriptionBy systematically confronting Greek tradition of the Heroic Age with the evidence of both linguistics and archaeology, Margalit Finkelberg proposes a multidisciplinary assessment of the ethnic, linguistic and cultural situation in Greece in the second millennium BC. The main thesis of this book is that the Greeks started their history as a multi-ethnic population group consisting of both Greek-speaking newcomers and the indigenous population of the land and that the body of 'Hellenes' as known to us from the historic period was a deliberate self-creation. The book addresses such issues as the structure of heroic genealogy, the linguistic and cultural identity of the indigenous population of Greece, the patterns of marriage between heterogeneous groups as they emerge in literary and historical sources, the dialect map of Bronze Age Greece, the factors responsible for the collapse of the Mycenaean civilisation and finally, the construction of the myth of the Trojan War.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780521852166
(228mm x 152mm x 16mm)
Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publish Date: 5-Jan-2006
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Margalit Finkelberg
Homer Encyclopedia, Hardback (February 2011)
The Homer Encyclopedia represents the first comprehensive reference work encompassing the world and artistry of Homer, the historical and cultural background of the Iliad and the Odyssey, Homeric scholarship, and Homeric reception from antiquity to the present.
Greeks and Pre-Greeks, Paperback (January 2009)
Margalit Finkelberg proposes a multidisciplinary assessment of the ethnic, linguistic and cultural situation in Greece in the second millennium BC.
Birth of Literary Fiction in Ancient Greece, Hardback (April 1998)» View all books by Margalit Finkelberg
An examination of how and why the birth of fiction came about. The author looks at how the traditional "poetics of truth" was replaced by the "poetics of fiction", giving literary fiction a status of its own. The sources and materials involved in the creation of fiction are investigated in this study.
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Author Biography - Margalit Finkelberg
Margalit Finkelberg is Professor of Classics at Tel Aviv University. Her previous books include The Birth of Literary Fiction (Oxford, 1998).
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