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    DescriptionGreek civilization and identity crystallized not when Greeks were close together but when they came to be far apart. It emerged during the Archaic period when Greeks founded coastal city states and trading stations in ever-widening horizons from the Ukraine to Spain. No center directed their diffusion: mother cities were numerous and the new settlements ("colonies") would often engender more settlements. The "Greek center" was at sea; it was formed through back-ripple effects of cultural convergence, following the physical divergence of independent settlements. "The shores of Greece are like hems stitched onto the lands of Barbarian peoples" (Cicero). Overall, and regardless of distance, settlement practices became Greek in the making and Greek communities far more resembled each other than any of their particular neighbors like the Etruscans, Iberians, Scythians, or Libyans. The contrast between "center and periphery" hardly mattered (all was peri-, "around"), nor was a bi-polar contrast with Barbarians of much significance. Should we admire the Greeks for having created their civilization in spite of the enormous distances and discontinuous territories separating their independent communities? Or did the salient aspects of their civilization form and crystallize because of its architecture as a de-centralized network? This book claims that the answer lies in network attributes shaping a "Small Greek World," where separation is measured by degrees of contact rather than by physical dimensions.

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    A Small Greek World
    Networks in the Ancient Mediterranean
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Irad Malkin
    Physical properties
    Format: Hardback
    Number of pages: 304
    Width: 163 mm
    Height: 240 mm
    Thickness: 33 mm
    Weight: 537 g
    ISBN 13: 9780199734818
    ISBN 10: 019973481X

    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T5.1
    BIC E4L: HIS
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    BIC subject category V2: HBJD
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    BIC geographical qualifier V2: 1QDAG
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    Libri: I-HP
    Ingram Subject Code: HP
    Ingram Theme: CHRN/ANCIEN
    B&T General Subject: 500
    Ingram Theme: CULT/GREECE
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 15540
    Abridged Dewey: 938
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    DC22: 938
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    BIC subject category V2: HBLA1
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 02
    B&T Merchandise Category: UP
    BISAC V2.8: HIS002010, LCO003000
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    LC classification: DF222.2 .M35 2011
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    Edition statement
    New ed.
    Illustrations note
    21 illustrations
    Oxford University Press Inc
    Imprint name
    Oxford University Press Inc
    Publication date
    16 December 2011
    Publication City/Country
    New York
    Author Information
    Irad Malkin is Cummings Chair for Mediterranean History and Culture, Tel Aviv University and Professor of Ancient Greek History, Tel Aviv University
    Review quote
    "This is an invaluable study that recasts the Archaic Greek period of Mediterranean history."--Tamar Hodos, Classical Journal"A Small Greek World is a thought-provoking look at the ancient Greek history through the lenses of networks science. History is driven by many networks --from networks grounded in geographic proximity, travel, and trade to powerful political and military alliances. Malkin weaves the language of networks into an era of remarkable history, forcing us to rethink just about everything we knew about the period." --Albert-Laszlo Barabasi, Northeastern University "Malkin's book takes the study of Greek colonization in the archaic age to a new level of sophistication. The very era in which Greeks scattered themselves around the Mediterranean paradoxically resulted in convergence rather than divergence, and fostered the sense of a collective identity. For Malkin, this occurred not despite but because of the dispersal: a shifting dynamic of interconnections, overlapping, and complex 'middle grounds.' The subject will not be same again." --Erich S. Gruen, University of California, Berkeley "A stimulating, thought-provoking and well written book that will certainly redefine the terms of the discourse in which we consider issues such as ethnicity and colonization."--Sehepunkte"Carefully argued, fact-rich, intensely readable...Greek colonization will never look quite the same again."--CHOICE"
    Table of contents
    List of Figures and Maps ; Acknowledgements ; A note on transliteration ; Abbreviations ; 1. Introduction: Networks and History ; 2. Island Networking and Hellenic Convergence: From Rhodes to Naukratis ; 3. Sicily and the Greeks: Apollo Archegetes and the Sikeliote Network ; 4. Herakles and Melqart: Networking Heroes ; 5. Networks and Middle Grounds in the Western Mediterranean ; 6. Cult and Identity in the Far West: Phokaians, Ionians, and Hellenes ; Conclusion