“…it would be exactly like the Mycenaeans to draw it instead of domesticating it.”
“Greece in the Bronze Age” by Emily Vermeule
Anyone who knows me knows that I’m an absolute nut for books, especially old books that appear to have seen their fair share of use and enjoyment through the decades. When my fiance’s mother was getting rid of some old books, I was bold enough to take a great big load of them, delivering into my possession a wonderful array of scholarly books from when she was still studying for her teaching degree in the classics. Emily Vermeule’s look at ancient archaeology, Greece in the Bronze Age, was among them, books I mostly took because I knew I’d like having them on the shelves, books I never really expected to get around to reading.
Well, I decided, maybe we should give these books a go after all. I’ve determined to be reading at least one non-fiction book at a time (I have a habit of reading several at once, about a chapter at a time…talk about a weird ADD), and Greece in the Bronze Age was at the top of a pile. Written in the 1960s, by a woman, in a really cool field, I thought it would be really interesting. It was fairly straightforward, sometimes to the point of dryness, but I’m sure some of the details might be a little more fetching for someone in the field of archaeology, which I am definitely not. I had to keep using spellcheck to even get the spelling of archaeology correct for this post. However, that said, while a lot of the details and comparison to this ancient Greek text to that ancient language can get a little tedious, it wasn’t as dry as it could be. It’s littered with diagrams and photographs that really spark the imagination, get the brain thinking, and could serve as a really great reference in the future, especially since I’d really like to develop certain aspects of Arynethian culture (namely Midacian) to mimic ancient Greece.
Overall, Greece in the Bronze Age has a lot of charm because it’s an old book from the sixties, is not exactly a compelling read, but definitely a book I’ll be glad to have around to flip through for ideas and inspiration. The illustrations and photographs alone make this a great volume for the shelf of anyone with a love of history as inspiration.
And who knows? One day, maybe even the archaeology aspect will become a point of reference in a future work.
Book read: 015/100.