Chapter Twenty-Nine. Intellectual Achievements

  1. Kurt A. Raaflaub Professor Director1 and
  2. Hans van Wees Professor2
  1. Kurt A. Raaflaub Professor Director

Published Online: 17 APR 2009

DOI: 10.1002/9781444308761.ch29

A Companion to Archaic Greece

A Companion to Archaic Greece

How to Cite

Raaflaub, K. A. (2009) Intellectual Achievements, in A Companion to Archaic Greece (eds K. A. Raaflaub and H. van Wees), Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444308761.ch29

Editor Information

  1. 1

    Brown University, USA

  2. 2

    University College London, UK

Author Information

  1. Brown University, USA

Publication History

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

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9780631230458

Online ISBN: 9781444308761



  • intellectual achievements;
  • Homer - Greek literary tradition, the Iliad and Odyssey;
  • Homer and West Asia - Homer connected with a distant Indoeuropean past and with west Asian texts and ideas;
  • Solon, one of the “Seven Sages” - appointed archon and mediator;
  • Constitutional thought - written laws - inscribed on stone or bronze in Greece from around mid seventh century;
  • philosophy - sixth century witnessing beginning of philosophical and scientific thinking;
  • Science and Technology - Science (Wissenschaft), a modern term and Greeks talk about knowledge (epistBmB) and skills (technB)


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Homer

  • Homer and West Asia

  • Hesiod

  • Solon

  • Constitutional Thought

  • Philosophy

  • Science and Technology

  • Geography, Ethnography, and Historiography

  • Conclusion