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
  • Edition statement: New.
  • Illustrations note: 17 b/w illus. 3 maps
  • Sales rank: 740,767

Product description

Building on the growing study of the Mediterranean as a whole, this study explores the ways in which identities were constructed and negotiated across the Mediterranean, focusing not only on ethnic identity, but also on civic, linguistic and religious identities and on social status. Demetriou analyses literary, epigraphic and archaeological sources from five geographically diverse Greek emporia (Emporion, Gravisca, Naukratis, Pistiros and Peiraieus), arguing that the common cultural world of the ancient Mediterranean facilitated the mediation of identity as something fluid and dynamic, considerably more complex than narrow ethnic definitions might allow.

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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.