Brill’s New Pauly Supplements II - Volume 9 : The Early Mediterranean World, 1200–600 BC

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Ranging in time from the end of the Bronze Age to the dawn of the so-called historical period (12th-6th centuries BC), this compendium presents the first complete survey of the early history of all the cultures along the coasts of the Mediterranean. In addition to the Phoenicians, Greeks and Etruscans, these also include many other peoples, such as the Iberians, Ligurians, Thracians, Phrygians, Luwians, Aramaeans and Libyans. The volume brings together the knowledge gained from material, textual and pictorial sources in all disciplines working in this field, including Near Eastern, Phoenician, Carthaginian and biblical archaeology, Aegean and North African studies, Villanovan studies and Etruscology, Iberology, early Greek historiography and Dark Ages studies. As a whole, this period was characterized by the intermingling of cultures around the Mediterranean Rim, and the main focus of content is therefore on contacts, the transfer of culture and knowledge and key common themes, such as mobility, religion, resources, languages and writing. With indices and numerous tables and maps of Pauly quality.

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1.4.1. Written sources

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Author(s): Patzek, Barbara
A. Genres and the history of scholarship [German source] Written sources for early Mediterranean history (1200–600 bc) include historical sources in the strict sense, i.e. those recording actual historical events in any form (inscriptions, historical texts), and literary texts, which may relate historical information but primarily transmit fictional and mythical material. A key area for such sources is the eastern Mediterranean, i.e. the region of the ancient ‘high cultures’: Egypt, the Levant and Mesopotamia. …
Date: 2018-08-16