Synopses & Reviews
When the great citadel of Mycenae, then the center of the Aegean world, went up in flames about 1100 B.C., what followed was a "dark age" that left no written records. But rich archaeological records show conclusively that there was a radical discontinuity between Mycenaean-Minoan culture and Greek civilization. Chester G. Starr argues that true Greek civilization was swiftly and spontaneously generated in a remarkably autonomous renaissance during the two centuries from 850 to 650 B.C. Supporting his thesis with archaeological evidence previously unavailable to historians, he offers a masterly reconstruction of an obscure and important period of Greek history.
"A challenging thesis about Greek prehistory--that the miraculous jump into the Greece of our history was made in the eleventh century B.C., during the pre-Christian Dark Ages. . . . An exciting book to read, eloquently written and beautifully illustrated." --