Chapter One. The Historiography of Archaic Greece

  1. Kurt A. Raaflaub Professor Director2 and
  2. Hans van Wees Professor3
  1. John K. Davies Member Research Professor

Published Online: 17 APR 2009

DOI: 10.1002/9781444308761.ch1

A Companion to Archaic Greece

A Companion to Archaic Greece

How to Cite

Davies, J. K. (2009) The Historiography of Archaic Greece, in A Companion to Archaic Greece (eds K. A. Raaflaub and H. van Wees), Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444308761.ch1

Editor Information

  1. 2

    Brown University, USA

  2. 3

    University College London, UK

Author Information

  1. University of Liverpool, UK

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 17 APR 2009
  2. Published Print: 10 APR 2009

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9780631230458

Online ISBN: 9781444308761



  • modern historiography of Archaic Greece - product of three distinct styles;
  • trap of terminology;
  • understanding of Archaic Greece and study of physical record of sites and artifacts;
  • study of “Archaic” Greece undergoing a revolution;
  • applying ideas of critical theory – “gaze,” “genre,” intertextuality, narratology, “voice,” to Greek texts;
  • reliable chronology for Dark Age and beginning of fourth narrative;
  • archaeological work - generating sixth and most radical, meta-narrative;
  • Greek archaic period and large-scale narratives;
  • cultural history - evidence for “antiquities” constitutional, legal, military, social, and familial


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • The Trap of Terminology

  • The Large-scale Narratives

  • Cultural History

  • The Physical Evidence

  • The Story Evolves