|The editors: Nick Fisher is the author
of Hybris: A Study in the Values of Honour and Shame in Ancient Greece.
Hans van Wees is author of Status Warriors: War, Violence and Society
in Homer and History.
The study of archaic Greece (c. 750-480 BC) is being transformed
by exciting discoveries and interpretations. In fourteen original
studies from a distinguished international cast, this book explores
many aspects of a rapidly changing Greek world. Detailed re-interpretation
of archaeological material reveals diversity in patterns of settlement,
sanctuaries and burial practices, and shows motivations underlying
the expanding exchange of goods and the settlement of new communities.
Local studies of archaeology and iconography revise our image of
the peculiarity of Spartan society and East Greek cult. Texts, from
Homer and Hesiod to a newly-found poem of Simonides, are given fresh
interpretations. And there are new studies of developments in maritime
warfare, the roles of literacy and law-making in Crete, the emergence
of a less violent Greek life-style, and the articulation of political