The Maeander Valley: A Historical Geography from Antiquity to Byzantium

The Maeander Valley: A Historical Geography from Antiquity to Byzantium

Hardback Greek Culture in the Roman World

By (author) Peter Thonemann

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  • Format: Hardback | 414 pages
  • Dimensions: 180mm x 248mm x 28mm | 980g
  • Publication date: 14 November 2011
  • Publication City/Country: Cambridge
  • ISBN 10: 1107006880
  • ISBN 13: 9781107006881
  • Edition statement: New.
  • Illustrations note: 109 b/w illus. 13 maps 2 tables
  • Sales rank: 1,366,067

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Covering a wide sweep, from Graeco-Roman antiquity to the end of the Middle Ages, Peter Thonemann shows how the landscape of the Maeander valley affected the economic relationships, social structures, cultural identities and ritual behaviour of its inhabitants. Each chapter explores a particular facet of this relationship: sacred geography; markets and mobility; mental maps and conceptual boundaries; pastoral dynamics; elite behaviour and interaction; and the productive rural landscape.

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Author information

Peter Thonemann teaches ancient history at Wadham College, Oxford University. He is co-author of the widely acclaimed first volume of the Penguin History of Europe, The Birth of Classical Europe: A History From Troy to Augustine (with Simon Price). The Maeander was awarded the Hellenic Foundation's 2006 Award for the best ancient/classical thesis in Hellenic Studies, and Oxford University's Conington Prize for 2009.

Table of contents

1. The valley; 2. Hydrographic heroes; 3. The nature of Roman Apamea; 4. The fortress at Eumenea; 5. The pastoral economy; 6. The nobility of Mt Cadmus; 7. The rural economy; 8. The bounty of the Maeander.