The Dance of the Islands: Insularity, Networks, the Athenian Empire, and the Aegean World

The Dance of the Islands: Insularity, Networks, the Athenian Empire, and the Aegean World

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By (author) Christy Constantakopoulou


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  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • Format: Hardback | 344 pages
  • Dimensions: 142mm x 218mm x 28mm | 540g
  • Publication date: 24 November 2007
  • Publication City/Country: Oxford
  • ISBN 10: 0199215952
  • ISBN 13: 9780199215959
  • Illustrations note: 13 maps
  • Sales rank: 1,606,568

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Christy Constantakopoulou examines the history of the Aegean islands and changing concepts of insularity, with particular emphasis on the fifth century BC. Islands are a prominent feature of the Aegean landscape, and this inevitably created a variety of different (and sometimes contradictory) perceptions of insularity in classical Greek thought. Geographic analysis of insularity emphasizes the interplay between island isolation and island interaction, but the predominance of islands in the Aegean sea made island isolation almost impossible. Rather, island connectivity was an important feature of the history of the Aegean and was expressed on many levels. Constantakopoulou investigates island interaction in two prominent areas, religion and imperial politics, examining both the religious networks located on islands in the ancient Greek world and the impact of imperial politics on the Aegean islands during the fifth century.

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Christy Constantakopoulou is Lecturer in Ancient History at Birkbeck College, University of London.

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the writing style is engaging and the book should provide much food for thought for anyone involved in insular studies... a fine work that not only makes a welcome addition to classical Greek scholarship but also expands upon the general approaches of 'macro' histories of the Mediterranean Brian Rutishauser, The Classical Review [A] highly coherent and enlightening excavation of the inter-relationship between island realities, island ideologies, and ideas of insularity. Robin Osborne, Bryn Mawr Classical Review

Table of contents

1. Introduction ; 2. Religious networks in the archaic Aegean ; 3. The Aegean islands as an imperial network: the fifth century and the Athenian Empire ; 4. Islands and imperialism ; 5. The island of Athens ; 6. The smaller picture: mini island networks ; 7. Beyond insularity: islands and their peraiai ; Conclusion