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A Small Greek World: Networks in the Ancient Mediterranean

Irad Malkin


Greek 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, and the settlements (“colonies”) originated from a multitude of mother cities. The “Greek center” was virtual, at sea, created as a back-ripple effect of cultural convergence following the physical divergence of independent settlements. “The shores of Greece are like hems stitched onto the land ... More

Keywords: network theory, Greek colonization, Greek civilization, small worlds, collective identity, Greeks and barbarians, Phoenicians, Rhodes, Sicily, Phokaia

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9780199734818
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2012 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199734818.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Irad Malkin, author
Tel Aviv University