"...important book... Essential." --Choice
"...useful and comprehensive and will stimulate much discussion." --BMCR
"This book presents a coherent argument and an original synthesis. Wallace's knowledge of the island cannot be equaled." --American Journal of Philology
In this book, Saro Wallace examines Crete's prehistory, from the Late Bronze Age through the Archaic Period, to find out why the classical city states of Crete differed considerably in culture, history, and governance from those of central Greece. Her study emphasizes the roles that landscape, external contacts, social identity construction, and historical consciousness played in Crete's distinctive development. Highlighting thematic issues such as agency and contingency in state formation and collapse, Wallace analyses a range of new archaeological data that throws fresh interpretative light on ancient textual sources about the island.