Miletos: A History

Miletos: A History

Miletos: A History

Miletos: A History

Synopsis

Drawing on case studies and presenting archaeological evidence throughout, Alan Greaves presents a welcome survey of the origins and development of Miletos.Focusing on the archaic era and exploring a wide range of issues including physical environment, colonizations, the economy, and its role as a centre of philosophy and learning, Greaves examines Miletos from prehistory to its medieval decline.

Excerpt

There can be no definitive history of Miletos. No one individual or group can claim to be able to write such a definitive history. the people of Turkey may currently own its stones and German scholars may currently be excavating those stones, but the story of Miletos and its people belongs to all of us as the events that took place there lie at the heart of all western civilisation. Each nation, generation and individual would interpret the history of Miletos and its importance to themselves differently. This book is a personal interpretation of the published data currently available-'a history'-but only one of many such histories that could be written using the same material. As this is only a personal perspective, I do not expect that anyone will agree with everything that is presented here; but likewise I hope that not everyone would disagree with every word of it either.

What I have hoped to do in this book is to present the reader with a concise summary of key points in the archaeology of Miletos and in doing so to pursue two key themes. These are the relationship between the city and the land and the role that Miletos played as a contact point between East and West. I have included a detailed (although not fully complete) bibliography so that individual readers can use this to follow through their interests and connect with the very large body of published work on the subject. Much of the bibliography on Miletos is widely scattered and is published in a variety of languages, making an English language summary such as this a useful access point to the primary literature for many students.

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