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Greeks and Pre-Greeks

Aegean Prehistory and Greek Heroic Tradition

Greeks and Pre-Greeks by Margalit Finkelberg
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By 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.
Cambridge University Press; January 2006
221 pages; ISBN 9780511145001
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Title: Greeks and Pre-Greeks
Author: Margalit Finkelberg
 
ISBNs
0511145004
9780511145001
9780521852166