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Gunnar Seelentag / Jan B. Meister (Hrsgg.)

Competition and Institutionalization in the Greek Archaic

Publisher: Franz Steiner Verlag

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Circulation: 1.

Release year: 2020

Scope: 465 pages

Format: 246mm x 174mm x 33mm

Language/s: German

  • ISBN-13: 9783515125055
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  • The Greek Archaic was an extremely dynamic period: from the 8th century B.C. Material culture developed at a rapid pace for pre-modern societies, the adoption of the alphabet opened up completely new possibilities of communication and the mostly small-scale socio-political communities of the poleis developed new political, social and religious institutions.
    The authors take a look at these developments from an ancient historical, archaeological and philological perspective - and use a common set of theoretical instruments for this: With sociological models of "competition" and "institutionalization" they relate findings from very different social fields to one another. Instead of traditional narratives that start from the "agonal" or an evolutionary "state formation", a picture of a complex interaction between cultural practices and institutionalization focuses on the actors, opening up new perspectives on archaic Greece.
  • Tags: Archaic, Greek history, institutionalization, archaeology, ancient literature, competition, history of the polis.
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