Classical Studies 1000 Chapter Notes - Chapter 1: Trojan War, Theogony

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How we know of the ancient greeks: material, bones and buildings, written, words of the greeks themselves, other who wrote about them in antiquity. The line between the two are often blurred since there are writings on material things such as inscriptions on the pottery. Primary sources are 2000years old and can be older. 3000-700 bc: greeks of the bronze age left no written records expect for linear b tablets produced near the last bronze age, trojan war wasn"t a fact, if it happened it would have been. Iliad and the odyssey were written at the end of this time period and the antiquity and truth behind these stories are controversial. 700-480 bc (beginning of archaic age: hesoid (700bc), theogony; tells origins of greek gods and the creation of the universe. Solon (600bc) was earliest info about athenian society: 4th century bc historians xenophon and biographer. Plutarch (46-120) shared the bulk of what we know of.

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