Negotiating Identity in the Ancient Mediterranean: The Archaic and Classical Greek Multiethnic Emporia

Negotiating Identity in the Ancient Mediterranean: The Archaic and Classical Greek Multiethnic Emporia


By (author) Denise Demetriou


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  • Format: Hardback | 308 pages
  • Dimensions: 182mm x 248mm x 22mm | 780g
  • Publication date: 31 January 2013
  • Publication City/Country: Cambridge
  • ISBN 10: 1107019443
  • ISBN 13: 9781107019447
  • Illustrations note: 17 b/w illus. 3 maps
  • Sales rank: 891,959

Product description

The Mediterranean basin was a multicultural region with a great diversity of linguistic, religious, social and ethnic groups. This dynamic social and cultural landscape encouraged extensive contact and exchange among different communities. This book seeks to explain what happened when different ethnic, social, linguistic and religious groups, among others, came into contact with each other, especially in multiethnic commercial settlements located throughout the region. What means did they employ to mediate their interactions? How did each group construct distinct identities while interacting with others? What new identities came into existence because of these contacts? Professor Demetriou brings together several strands of scholarship that have emerged recently, especially ethnic, religious and Mediterranean studies. She reveals new aspects of identity construction in the region, examining the Mediterranean as a whole, and focuses not only on ethnic identity but also on other types of collective identities, such as civic, linguistic, religious and social.

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Author information

Denise Demetriou is Assistant Professor of History at Michigan State University.

Review quote

'The strength of the book lies in its successful integration of archaeological, literary, and epigraphic evidence, together with an impressive command of the bibliography relevant to each of the sites ... this is a very useful book that has the virtue of presenting clear and concise syntheses of five emporia throughout the Mediterranean and of identifying evident patterns between them, thereby advancing further our understanding of the nature of Greek settlements overseas.'

Table of contents

Introduction; 1. Emporion; 2. Gravisca; 3. Naukratis; 4. Pistiros; 5. Peiraieus; Conclusion.