The manufacture of such pottery is attributed to Hellenes, presumably because it is found in what became known, at some indeterminate moment, as Hellas, but in fact there is nothing about the pottery that proves the hypothesis of Hellenic manufacture. 23, 24 I certainly can’t speak to pottery typologies, but I can say that ethnic terms are always tricky, and that people have a curious tendency to repeat numbers once they have heard them.While it is still sometimes necessary to travel to the correct university and make a copy of an older dissertation by hand (or order it and wait months for the librarians and the appropriate university to send their copy), this makes the process of finding and obtaining research much less expensive and laborious.This week I thought I would take some time to mention some dissertations which my readers might be interested in.They date it to the fourth century BCE and place it in Etruria. Like Herodotus and Hellanicus, Thucydides also specified certain intervals of years from the Fall of Troy (eg.for the Return of the Heraclids) and others from his own time (eg. To this day, expressions such as these condition the chronology, yet historians are skeptical when Thucydides demonstrates the great antiquity of an erstwhile Delian festival from the fact that it is mentioned in Homer’s Hymn to Apollo, and reject his testimony that the grave goods from the opened Delian tombs were Carian, because the tombs, when excavated, yielded Geometric pottery. Cook shows how the hypothesis has taken precedence over the testimony: “Thucydides, or an informant who he considered reliable, did not recognize Geometric (or perhaps Orientalizing) pottery as being particularly Greek, and dated it at least 300 years too early.” It is we who have assumed that Geometric pottery was made only by Hellenes; perhaps Thucydides’ remark should cause us to re-examine that assumption., Historia Einzelschriften 166 (Franz Steiner Verlag: Stuttgart, 2003) pp.All of them are clearly written and provide enough background information that most readers of a blog like this should be able to understand their subjects, namely ancient horses, ancient Greek and Macedonian tactics, and the skeletons found in the tombs of the Macedonian kings.Continue reading (Glasgow City Council: Glasgow, 2007) ISBN 978-0-902752-82-5 Dr.Tobias “Toby” Capwell, jouster and curator with a Ph D in fifteenth-century armour, is taking preorders for his forthcoming book on knightly armour in late medieval England.
Those of you who are here for the history can come back next week when I will have something nice and martial and either Babylonian or Phoenician.Continue reading One of the joys of the modern age is that doctoral dissertations are usually published online.