BURNS, Bryan E.
Title: Mycenaean Greece, Mediterranean Commerce, and the Formation of Identity. First Edition in dustjacket.
Publisher:  Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, 2010, ISBN:9780521119542
Seller ID: 113627
BURNS, Bryan E. Mycenaean Greece, Mediterranean Commerce, and the Formationof Identity. Cambridge : Cambridge University Press, (2010). First Printin g. Pp. (6),vii-xii,1-246,(6). Illustrated in black and white. 8vo, black cloth with gilt lettering to spine. "The impact of long-distance exhange on the developing cultures of Bronze Age Greece has been a suibject of debate since Schliemann's discovery of the Shaft Graves at Mycenae. In 'Mycenaean Greece, Mediterranean Commerce, and the Formation of Identity', Bryan E. Burns offers a new understanding of the effects of Mediterranean trade on Mycenaen Greece by considering the possibilities represented by the traded objects themselves in their Mycenaean contexts. A range of imported artifacts were distinguished by their precious material, uncommon style, and foreign writing, signalling their status as tangible evidence of connections beyond the Aegean. The consuption of these exotic symbols spread beyond the highest levels of society and functioned as symbols of external power sources. Burns argues that the consumption of exotic items thus enabled the formation of alternate identities and the resistance of palatial power." - from the dustjacket. Contents: 1. Aegean Agency in Mediterranean Exchange; 2. Becoming Mycenaean: Definitions of Civilization, Style, and Art; 3. Imports in theEarly Mycenaean Period; 4. Crafting Power Through Import Consumption; 5. I mport Consumption in Palatial Centers; 6. Funerary Consumption and Competition in the Argolid; 7. Conclusions: Foreign and Domestic in the Mycenaean World. With index. Very good in crisp dustjacket. 60.00