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10 - Conclusion

The Dynamics of Groups and Power at Gordion

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  23 September 2022

Lisa Kealhofer
Affiliation:
Santa Clara University, California
Peter Grave
Affiliation:
University of New England, Australia
Mary M. Voigt
Affiliation:
College of William and Mary, Virginia
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This book has sought to address the formation and transformation of social groups at the site of ancient Gordion, as a means to understand the complex processes of social change across the region during the highly dynamic period between the LBA and the conquest of Alexander the Great in the fourth century BCE. Sequences and patterns of group dynamics can provide critical insights into these processes of cultural transformation. In the introduction we proposed the idea that key societal transformations are likely to be driven by innovative and novel modes of group formation. Such transformations include substantial realignment of relationships between kin groups, religious affiliations, political organization and manipulations of ancient social media. In subsequent chapters we explored the nature of social groups chronologically, as a foundation for identifying novel features of Iron Age group formation. In this final chapter we bring together the key insights of this study of Phrygian Gordion and Iron Age societies in this region, to juxtapose and reframe previous explanations for the transformation of ancient societies more generally.

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Ancient Gordion , pp. 355 - 372
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Print publication year: 2022

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  • Conclusion
  • Lisa Kealhofer, Santa Clara University, California, Peter Grave, University of New England, Australia, Mary M. Voigt, College of William and Mary, Virginia
  • Book: Ancient Gordion
  • Online publication: 23 September 2022
  • Chapter DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/9781108780681.010
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  • Conclusion
  • Lisa Kealhofer, Santa Clara University, California, Peter Grave, University of New England, Australia, Mary M. Voigt, College of William and Mary, Virginia
  • Book: Ancient Gordion
  • Online publication: 23 September 2022
  • Chapter DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/9781108780681.010
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  • Conclusion
  • Lisa Kealhofer, Santa Clara University, California, Peter Grave, University of New England, Australia, Mary M. Voigt, College of William and Mary, Virginia
  • Book: Ancient Gordion
  • Online publication: 23 September 2022
  • Chapter DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/9781108780681.010
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