Rethinking the Mediterranean

Rethinking the Mediterranean


Edited by W. V. Harris

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  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • Format: Paperback | 442 pages
  • Dimensions: 138mm x 212mm x 28mm | 499g
  • Publication date: 28 December 2006
  • Publication City/Country: Oxford
  • ISBN 10: 0199207720
  • ISBN 13: 9780199207725
  • Illustrations note: 3 maps, 14 in-text illustrations
  • Sales rank: 804,873

Product description

In this collection of essays, an international group of renowned scholars attempt to establish the theoretical basis for studying the ancient and medieval history of the Mediterranean Sea and the lands around it. In so doing they range far afield to other Mediterraneans, real and imaginary, as distant as Brazil and Japan. Their work is an essential tool for understanding the Mediterranean, pre-modern and modern alike. It speaks to ancient and medieval historians, to archaeologists, anthropologists and all historians with environmental interests, and not least to classicists.

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Author information

W. V. Harris is Shepherd Professor of History, Columbia University.

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Review from previous edition The contributors Harris marshalls are a constellation bright enough to guide any historical navigator ... [an] enormously valuable book. Felipe Fernandez-Armesto, Times Literary Supplement

Table of contents

1. The Mediterranean and ancient history ; THE BIG CANVAS ; 2. Practical Mediterraneanism ; 3. Mediterraneans ; 4. Ecology and beyond: the Mediterranean paradigm ; ANGLES OF VISION ; 5. The eastern Mediterranean in early antiquity ; 6. Ritual dynamics in the eastern Mediterranean: case studies in ancient Greece and Asis Minor ; 7. The east-west orientation of Mediterranean studies and the meaning of North and South in antiquity ; 8. Travel sickness: medicine and mobility in the Mediterranean from antiquity to the Renaissance ; 9. The ancient Mediterranean: the view from the customs-house ; THE ARCHAEOLOGY OF KNOWLEDGE ; 10. Travel and experience in the Mediterranean of Louis XV ; 11. The mirage of Greek continuity: on the uses and abuses of analogy in some travel narratives from the 17th to the 18th centuries ; 12. Mediterranean reception in the Americas ; 13. Alphabet soup in the Mediterranean basin: the emergence of the Mediterranean serial ; LAST WORDS ; 14. Egypt and the concept of the Mediterranean ; 15. Four years of 'Corruption': a response to critics