Following Oliver Dickinson’s successful The Aegean Bronze Age, this textbook is a synthesis of the period between the collapse of the Bronze Age civilization in the thirteenth and twelfth centuries BC, and the rise of the Greek civilization in the eighth century BC.

With chapter bibliographies, distribution maps and illustrations, Dickinson’s detailed examination of material and archaeological evidence argues that many characteristics of Ancient Greece developed in the Dark Ages. He also includes up-to-date coverage of the 'Homeric question'.

This highly informative text focuses on:

  • the reasons for the Bronze Age collapse which brought about the Dark Ages
  • the processes that enabled Greece to emerge from the Dark Ages
  • the degree of continuity from the Dark Ages to later times.

Dickinson has provided an invaluable survey of this period that will not only be useful to specialists and undergraduates in the field, but that will also prove highly popular with the interested general reader.

chapter |9 pages


chapter |14 pages

Terminology and chronology

chapter |21 pages

The postpalatial period

chapter |60 pages


chapter |22 pages

Burial customs

chapter |19 pages


chapter |21 pages