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A Small Greek World


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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

About the Author

Irad Malkin is Cummings Chair for Mediterranean History and Culture and Professor of Ancient Greek History at Tel Aviv University. He is the 2014 recipient of the Israel Prize for general historical research.


"With a persuasive and expert synthesis of modern theories and ancient evidence, Malkin puts forward the thesis that Greek civilization emerged not despite of the diverse nature of and distance between Greek settlements, but because of it.... [L]ike its subject matter, the intellectual reach of this book is extensive and diverse; and, again, like its subject matter, the final achievement will surely play a key role in shaping future historical studies." --Journal of Cognitive Historiography "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

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