Thursday, November 17, 2005

Bureaucrats and Barbarians

Bureaucrats and Barbarians. Richard Hooker summarizes the civilization of Crete and southern Greece up until the time of Homer and provides an atlas and a gallery as well.

The site covers the period of the Greek Dark Ages. I had not heard this time referred to as a dark age before although it makes sense to call it that. I love the title too! Bureaucrats and Barbarians sounds like a role playing game in the line of Dungeons and Dragons. (I am sure a game could be designed to fit this time period in Greece.)

From the site:

In an overall reading of the module, students should be able to identify the central events, peoples and historical trajectories of Minoan and early Greek history and the surrounding areas and be able to articulate their relation to one another. They should be able to identify and use concepts and practices unique to ancient Minoan and early Greek cultures and the derivation of these concepts from other cultures and their relationship to concepts and ideas from other cultures. Students should be able to approach primary texts and other artifacts, including music and art, from this period using both the experience of the major historical events and the an understanding of the unique cultural concepts and practices underlying the texts. Finally, students should internalize the complexity and difficulty of the historical, cultural, and especially linguistic aspects of the Aegean and Greek civilizations and confront the text written here critically. The text is written from as neutral a perspective as possible and the student should master all sides of a controversy and the ideas that animate those controversies.

The resources in this module include an historical text, a discussion of culture and religion, an historical atlas, a glossary of terms, a text of primary readings, a gallery, a hypertexted bibliography of internet resources, and administrative texts.

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