Finkelberg: Greeks and Pre-Greeks. Aegean Prehistory and Greek Heroic Tradition. Paperback

  • Greeks and Pre-Greeks. Aegean Prehistory and Greek Heroic Tradition. Paperback
  • Margalit Finkelberg
  • 220ages. 2009. 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.
  • By systematically confronting Greek tradition of the Heroic Age with the evidence of both linguistics and archaeology, Margalit Finkelberg proposes an interdisciplinary 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 historical 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 Mycenaean civilisation and, finally, the construction of the myth of the Trojan War.
  • Offers a new interdisciplinary, rather than exclusively archaeological, approach to the reconstruction of Greek prehistory
  •  Throws significant new light on the mystery of the pre-Hellenic substratum in the Aegean
  •  Explores the cultural and historical background to the emergence of the myth of the Trojan War
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