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Vintage DHP Ep. 0029: The Greek Dark Age and Recovery

Published on Apr 18, 2020

[Note: This episode was originally produced in September 2014, normally resides in the 'Vintage DHP' collection available only to show supporters, but is being shared -- along with the rest of this mini-series -- on the pubic podcast feed for a limited time.]

Join CJ as he discusses:

  • A quick sketch of pre-catastrophe Mycenaean civilization
  • The collapse and its effects on Greece as indicated by the archaeological record, such as physical damage and even destruction of buildings and infrastructure; population decline; isolation; loss of technology and crafts; loss of literacy; and decreased cultivation of the land
  • How this chronic crisis created misery, but also, in the long run, new opportunities
  • A quick look at Greece’s emergence from the Dark Age starting circa the 700s BC, including the development of the polis and the related institutions of the independent family farm and the hoplite militia system

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