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Irad Malkin

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780199734818

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199734818.001.0001

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Island Networking and Hellenic Convergence: From Rhodes to Naukratis

Island Networking and Hellenic Convergence: From Rhodes to Naukratis

(p.65) 2 Island Networking and Hellenic Convergence: From Rhodes to Naukratis
A Small Greek World

Irad Malkin

Oxford University Press

Rhodes represents a case of a “back-ripple effect” of Mediterranean networks, when overseas experiences and colonizing activities condensed the distinct poleis of the island into “Rhodian” ones long before the official synoikismos (unification and foundation of the new city of Rhodos). It indicates the role of (island) regionalism in shaping collective identity. This finds its expression in Rhodian myths (Tlepolemos) that stress overseas, common action; in the short-lived commercial port of Vroulia; and especially in overseas trade and colonization in Sicily and across the Mediterranean in the early sixth century. The more comprehensive nature of Rhodian identity overseas (Olympia, colonization in Sicily at Gela and Akragas) reflected on the home island. Finally, at Egyptian Naukratis, “Rhodes,” acting as a single polis (not so at home, where Lindos Kameiros and Ialysos kept their identity), shared in the most articulate expression of Hellenic identity (again, “overseas”) at the common Greek temple of the Hellenion.

Keywords:   Rhodes, regionalism, Hellenion, Naukratis, Gela, Akragas, back-ripple effect, colonization, Tlepolemos, Egypts

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