From Homer to Solon

Continuity and Change in Archaic Greece


The study of Archaic Greece has undergone a fundamental transformation in recent decades. Whereas studies up to the 1980s had favoured narratives that converged on the more tangible reality of the Classical period and emphasized radical change, the increase in archaeological data and the cultural turn have led to an emphasis on long-term developments and continuities. After an introduction to the state of research, the volume offers a wide range of studies under the headings "Approaches on early-Archaic Greece," "Citizens and Citizen-States," and "Leaders and Reformers" ranging from Homer to Solon and circling around the central problem of continuity and change in Archaic Greece.

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Johannes C. Bernhardt, PhD 2012 at the University of Freiburg, is an ancient historian and digital manager at Baden State Museum Karlsruhe. He has published on Hellenistic history and museum studies, including Die Jüdische Revolution (De Gruyter, 2018).
Mirko Canevaro is Professor of Greek History at the University of Edinburgh. He has published extensively on the history of the Greek polis, particularly on Demosthenes and Athens (OUP 2013, De Gruyter 2016) and Aristotle’s Politics (L’Erma di Bretschneider 2014, 2022).
Contributors are: John Bintliff, Alain Duplouy, Edward M. Harris, Lars Hübner, Tanja Itgenshorst, David M. Lewis, Jan B. Meister, Sebastian Scharff, Gunnar Seelentag, James Taylor, Sara Zanovello, Peter Zeller.
"Overall, this volume offers an interesting showcase of recent work on the archaic period. Those interested in long-running problems in archaic history will find some new ideas to explore, while those delving into these topics for the first time will find a rich introduction to important debates." Evan Vance in BMCR (2023.03.14)
Notes on Contributors

Johannes C. Bernhardt and Mirko Canevaro

Part 1 Approaching Early Archaic Greece

1 Archaeological Approaches to the Archaic Era
John Bintliff

2 A Comparative Approach: Early Archaic Greece and Medieval Iceland
Peter Zeller

3 The Homeric Roots of Helotage
David M. Lewis

4 Homer and the Vocabulary of Manumission
Sara Zanovello

5 ‘Bought, Not Wed!’ Hesiod and the Aristocratic ‘Peasants’
Jan B. Meister

Part 2 Citizens and City-States

6 Hippotrophia as Citizen Behaviour in Archaic Greece
Alain Duplouy

7 Putting the Citizen in the Citizen-State: Participating in the Early Cretan polis
Gunnar Seelentag

8 Inside and Outside the Community: The Role of Political Thinking in the ‘Rise of the Polis
Tanja Itgenshorst

9 What Are Early Greek Laws About? Substance and Procedure in Archaic Statutes, c. 650–450 BC
Edward M. Harris and David M. Lewis

Part 3 Leaders and Reformers

10 Against the Rules: The ‘Plurality of Oikists’ and New Perspectives on Greek ‘Colonisation’
Sebastian Scharff

11 Turannoi in Archaic Greece: A New Phenomenon or a New Name for an Old Phenomenon?
James Taylor

12 Tyrannical und Civic Reception of Homer—A Source Problem
Lars Hübner

13 Social Mobility vs. Societal Stability: Once Again on the Aims and Meaning of Solon’s Reforms
Mirko Canevaro

14 A Failed Tyrant? Solon’s Place in Athenian History
Johannes C. Bernhardt

Concluding Remarks: Archaic Greece and the Consciousness of Community
Johannes C. Bernhardt

Index Locorum
Index of Names and Places
Institutes, libraries, specialists, students of Classics, Ancient History, Archaeology
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