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5. Past Mirrors: Thucydides, Sahlins and the Bronze and Viking Ages


 
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1. Title Title of document 5. Past Mirrors: Thucydides, Sahlins and the Bronze and Viking Ages - Comparative Perspectives on Colonisation, Maritime Interaction and Cultural Integration
 
2. Creator Author's name, affiliation, country Zanette Glørstad; University of Oslo;
 
2. Creator Author's name, affiliation, country Lene Melheim; University of Gothenburg;
 
3. Subject Discipline(s) Archaeology
 
4. Subject Keyword(s) archaeological comparison; Bronze Age; Viking Age; Classical Athens; maritime societies; execution of authority
 
6. Description Abstract This article explores the potential of the archaeological analogy, by contrasting and comparing two formative periods in Nordic prehistory: the Early Bronze Age and the Viking Age. While admitting the historical differences between the two periods, an attempt is made to assess the structural basis for the apparent similarities in the material record, i.e. to identify whether there are universal parameters behind the particularities of the two historical trajectories. In other words, we approach the crux where history meets the model. Leaning on Thucydides’ report from the Peloponnesian War, Marshall Sahlins’ analysis of the Athenian sea empire and Kristiansen’s previous comparison of the Bronze and Viking Ages, we argue that the material similarities between the two ages were not based on equifinality, but reflect congruent cultural structures that arose as responses to comparable situations, yet with different degrees of social integration.
 
7. Publisher Organizing agency, location Equinox Publishing Ltd
 
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9. Date (YYYY-MM-DD) 15-Dec-2016
 
10. Type Status & genre Peer-reviewed Article
 
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12. Format File format PDF
 
13. Identifier Uniform Resource Identifier https://journals.equinoxpub.com/books/article/view/24603
 
14. Identifier Digital Object Identifier 10.1558/equinox.24603
 
15. Source Journal/conference title; vol., no. (year) Equinox eBooks Publishing; Comparative Perspectives on Colonisation, Maritime Interaction and Cultural Integration
 
16. Language English=en en
 
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19. Rights Copyright and permissions Copyright 2014 Equinox Publishing Ltd