Clear and direct in style, and with more than eighty photographs, maps and plans, Early Greek States Beyond the Polis is a widely relevant study of Greek history, archaeology and society.
Catherine Morgan addresses the different forms of association experienced by early Iron-Age and Archaic Greeks by exploring the archaeological, literary and epigraphical records of central Greece and the northern Peloponnese.
Giving an unprecedented understanding of the connections between polis identity and other forms and tiers of association, and refuting the traditional view of early Greek 'ethnic' groups (ethne) as simple systems based on primitive tribal ties, students will find this an essential text in the study of Greek history.
'Nothing like this detailed survey of the archaeology of areas selected precisely for not being the heartlands of the classical polis has previously been attempted … This extraordinary achievement is bound to become a standard work of reference.' - JACT Review
'This is, then, an important and valuable study … the data and ideas it contains deserve the widest possible circulation.' - Journal of Hellenic Studies