In recent years, scholarly interest in Ancient Athens has been enlivened by spectacular archaeological discoveries. The new finds from the pre-Classical city called for a synoptic reassessment of the material remains, their interpretation and the previous methodological approaches, since the dense records of later historical phases had shaped the perception of Athens before the Persian Wars. Under theses premises, the International Workshop held at the Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München in February 2017 invited its participants to rethink early Athens. The papers assembled in this volume aim to question traditional perspectives and offer a multidisciplinary framework for the discussion of archaeological, literary and epigraphical testimonia.
Together the contributions in this book offer excellent and valuable scholarship on Athens from the Submycenaean through Archaic periods, with a range of perspectives and methods, and many insights. They provide new data, overturn old assumptions, and open up questions for further study, research, and reflection.
Bryn Mawr Classical Review (12.11.2020)