Aegeus Society For Aegean Prehistory

BOOKS | 2010

15 September 2010

Political Economies of the Aegean Bronze Age: Papers from the Langford Conference, Florida State University, Tallahassee, 22-24 February 2007

Edited by Daniel J. Pullen

Political Economies of the Aegean Bronze Age: Papers from the Langford Conference, Florida State University, Tallahassee, 22-24 February 2007

City: Oxford & Oakville

Year: 2010

Publisher: Oxbow Books

Description: Paperback, 256 p., 42 b/w ill., 15 tables, 24,2x17 cm


This volume brings together an international group of researchers to address how Mycenaean and Minoan states controlled the economy. The contributions, originally delivered at the 2007 Langford Conference at the Florida State University, examine the political economies of state (and pre-state) entities within the Aegean Bronze Age, including the issues of:

  • centralization and multiple scales of production, distribution, and consumption within a polity importance of extraregional trade
  • craft specialization
  • role of non-elite institutions
  • temporal/diachronic variation within regions
  • ‘Aegean’ political economy as a monolithic process
  • political economy before the emergence of the palaces.

The contributors address these issues from an explicitly comparative perspective, both within and across Minoan and Mycenaean contexts. The conclusions reached in this volume shed new light on the essential differences between and among ‘Minoan’ and ‘Mycenaean’ states through their political economies.



List of Contributors


  1. Daniel J. Pullen, ‘Introduction: Political economies of the Aegean Bronze Age’ [1-10].
  2. William A. Parkinson, ‘Beyond the peer: Social interaction and political evolution in the Bronze Age Aegean’ [11-34].
  3. Jan Driessen, ‘Spirit of place: Minoan houses as major actors’ [35-65].
  4. Ilse Schoep, ‘Making elites: Political economy and elite culture(s) in Middle Minoan Crete’ [66-85].
  5. Sofia Voutsaki, ‘From the Kinship economy to the palatial economy: The Argolid in the second millennium BC’ [86-111].
  6. Joanne M.A. Murphy, ‘Political economies in ritual: A Comparative study of the rise of the state in pre- and protopalatial Knossos and Phaistos’ [112-126].
  7. Dimitri Nakassis, ‘Reevaluating staple and wealth finance at Mycenaean Pylos’ [127-148].
  8. Cheryl A. Ward, ‘Seafaring the Bronze Age Aegean: Evidence and speculation’ [149-160].
  9. Thomas F. Tartaron, ‘Between and beyond: Political economy in non-palatial Mycenaean worlds’ [161-183].
  10. Kim Shelton, ‘Citadel and settlement: A developing economy at Mycenae, the case of Petsas house’ [184-204].
  11. Peter M. Day, Maria Relaki & Simona Todaro, ‘Living from pots? Ceramic perspectives on the economies of prepalatial Crete’ [205-229].
  12. Michael L. Galaty, ‘Wedging clay: Combining competing models of Mycenaean pottery industries’ [230-247].
  13. James C. Wright, ‘Political economies in the Aegean Bronze Age: A response’ [248-266].


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