An Island Polity: The Archaeology Of Exploitation In Melos

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Author: Andrew Colin Renfrew ()1937- ) sand Malcolm Wagstaff editors

Year: 1982

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

Place: Cambridge 


xiv+361 pages with diagrams, charts, tables, figures, maps, illustrations, photograms, appendixes, bibliography and index. Quarto (11" x 9 3/4") bound in original publisher's brown cloth with gilt lettering to spine in original pictorial jacket. First edition. 

The Greek island of Melos in the Cyclades has been inhabited for at least five thousand years. Two periods of its history are well documented: the late Bronze Age, when it supported an important urban centre at Phylakopi and the late fifth century BC, when as an independent city-state it briefly defied and was then destroyed by the expansionist power of Athens. The case of Melos is thus relevant to the understanding of the processes of early state-formation and of the integration of small-scale societies into larger political units. As the contributors to this volume show, a small island provides a very suitable area - clearly defined, self-contained - in which to examine the processes of social, cultural and economic change and the forces - sometimes gradual and almost imperceptible in their effect, sometimes sudden and dramatic - by which changes are initiated.

Condition: Review tipped to front paste down, lightly soiled. Jacket edge wear,. spine sunned else very good lin like jacket. 

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