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The Dance of the IslandsInsularity, Networks, the Athenian Empire, and the Aegean World$
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Christy Constantakopoulou

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780199215959

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199215959.001.0001

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Beyond insularity: islands and their peraiai

Beyond insularity: islands and their peraiai

(p.228) 7 Beyond insularity: islands and their peraiai
The Dance of the Islands

Christy Constantakopoulou (Contributor Webpage)

Oxford University Press

The primacy of the island world can be established by an examination of the phenomenon of peraiai, that is, the control of pieces of land on the mainland by island poleis. Peraiai is only one side of island-mainland relations. This chapter initially examines the case of Miletus and her control over neighbouring islands (e.g., Leros, Tragia, etc.). The main focus is on island peraiai. It examines all Aegean islands known to have owned a peraiai: Thasos, Samothrace, Tenedos, Mytilene on Lesbos, Chios, Samos, and famously Rhodes. It emphasizes the degree of diversity in the forms of control exercised over the peraiai and highlights the necessity of frequent interaction for maintaining such a control. Peraiai may have been the extension of an island onto the mainland, but at the same time, they were different, often marginal locations. The position of exiles on the peraiai exemplifies their ambivalent position as close, yet marginal, for the insular geography of the Aegean.

Keywords:   Miletus, peraiai, Thasos, Samothrace, Tenedos, Mytilene, Chios, Samos, Rhodes, exiles

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