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The Greeks overseas : their early colonies and trade
Boardman, John, 1927-
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Fourth edition.
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New York : Thames and Hudson, [1999]

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304 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
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The spread of Greek civilization through Europe and into Africa and the Near East began long before the classical period, long after Troy, Mycenae, and Knossos had fallen. This study gives an archaeologist's view of one of the most important periods of European history, describing how, out of a time of reduced population and comparative penury, the Greeks set their sails north, south, east, and west to plant trading posts and colonies, to reap whatever harvest of materials and expertise the barbarian could offer, and to disseminate the benefits of their own rapidly developing and brilliant civilization.

The book vividly demonstrates the value of archaeology to the historical record and indicates how much the arts and culture of classical Greece already owed to foreign influences.

Author Notes

John Boardman, Lincoln Professor Emeritus of Classical Archaeology and Art at Oxford University, has written widely on the art and archaeology of ancient Greece.

Table of Contents

Prefacep. 7
I The Nature of the Evidencep. 10
Our Sourcesp. 10
Archaeological Evidencep. 12
Literary Evidencep. 19
2 The Backgroundp. 23
3 The Eastern Adventurep. 35
North Syria and the Empires beyondp. 38
Eastern Influence in Greecep. 54
Phrygia and Lydiap. 84
The Persiansp. 102
4 The Greeks in Egyptp. 111
Naucratisp. 118
Other Greeks in Egyptp. 133
The Persians in Egyptp. 141
Egyptian Objects and Influence in Greecep. 141
Greeks in Libya and Cyrenaicap. 153
5 Italy, Sicily, and the Westp. 161
The Colonistsp. 162
Greek Cities in Italy and Sicilyp. 165
Greeks and Natives in Sicily and Italyp. 189
Western Greek Colonial Artp. 192
Coinagep. 198
Greeks and Etruscansp. 198
Greeks and Phoeniciansp. 210
Greeks in France and North Spainp. 216
6 The North and the Black Seap. 225
Greeks in the Adriaticp. 225
Greeks on the Macedonian and Thracian Coastp. 229
Illyrians, Macedonians, and Thraciansp. 232
The Black Sea and its Approachesp. 238
The Greek Citiesp. 245
Greeks and Scythiansp. 256
Athenians, Persians and Hellespontp. 264
7 Epiloguep. 267
Notesp. 283
Acknowledgementsp. 300
Indexp. 300