Aegean Interactions: Delos and its Networks in the Third Century by Christy ConstantakopoulouAegean Interactions: Delos and its Networks in the Third Century by Christy Constantakopoulou

Aegean Interactions: Delos and its Networks in the Third Century

byChristy Constantakopoulou

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The third century BC was a particularly troubled period of ancient Greek history, when the Aegean sea became the main stage for power struggles between various royal circles and dynasties, including the Antigonids and the Ptolemies. This volume addresses the history of interaction in theAegean world during this time by focusing on the island of Delos, which housed one of its most important regional sanctuaries. It draws on contemporary network theory and approaches to regionalism, as well as thorough investigation of the Delian epigraphic and material evidence, to explore how andto what degree the islands of the southern Aegean formed active networks of political, religious, and cultural interaction. Four case studies examine different types of networks on and around Delos, covering the federal organisation of islands into the so-called "Islanders' League", the participation of Delian and other agents in the processes of monumentalisation of the Delian landscape, the network of honours of theDelian community, and the social dynamics of dedication through the record of dedicants in the Delian inventories. They reveal not only that these kinds of regional interaction in the southern Aegean were pervasive, but also that they had a significant impact on the creation of a regional identity;one that persisted despite the political changes of the age.
Christy Constantakopoulou received her doctorate from the University of Oxford, having completed a BA in History and Archaeology at the University of Athens and an MA in Ancient History at UCL. She has been teaching at Birkbeck since 2002 and became a Senior Lecturer in 2010. Her research interests focus on the cultural, religious, pol...
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Title:Aegean Interactions: Delos and its Networks in the Third CenturyFormat:HardcoverDimensions:352 pages, 9.21 × 6.02 × 0 inPublished:October 21, 2017Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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FrontmatterList of FiguresList of TablesList of AbbreviationsNote to the Reader1. Introduction: Delos, its Networks, Regionalism, and the Aegean World1.1 Delians, the parasites of the god1.2 Delos, its history, and historiography1.3 Networks, regionalism, and the economy1.4 Aegean interactions2. The Politics of Connectivity: A History of the Islanders' League2.1 Introduction2.2 Evidence, dates, structure, membership2.3 Agency, negotiation of power, and expression of identity2.4 Conclusions3. Building, Investing, and Displaying on Delos: A History of Third- and Second-Century Monumentalisation3.1 Introduction3.2 Delian civic building activity3.3 Delian religious building activity3.4 Private initiative3.5 Royal investment3.6 Conclusions: monumentalisation, funding, and control of space4. Proxenies, Statues, Crowns: The Delian Network of Honours4.1 Introduction: honours, publication, and audience4.2 Proxeny decrees: format, language, familial relations, associated honours, and proposers4.3 The reasoning for honours and the activities of honorands4.4 The Delian network of honours4.5 Conclusion5. The Social Dynamics of Dedication: The Delian Inventories of the Third Century BC5.1 Introduction5.2 The Delian inventories5.3 Some problems5.4 Inventories and ancient history5.5 Communities of worship5.6 Methodology5.7 Gender dynamics5.8 Individual dedications versus community/collective dedications5.9 Delians and non-Delians: the geography of distance for the Delian network of dedicants5.10 Status dynamics: elite and non-elite dedicants in the inventories5.11 Conclusions6. ConclusionsAppendicesAppendix 1: Honours given to individuals in decrees of the Delian demos and bouleAppendix 2: Honours given by the Delians to individuals, evidenced through the inscriptions of dedications of statues and exedrasAppendix 3: Honours to individuals awarded by the Delians, mentioned in the Delian accounts (largely based on Baslez and Vial 1987, esp. 282) and elsewhereAppendix 4: ahe geographic spread of Delian honours; a list of toponyms associated with the ethnic names of honorandsAppendix 5: Dedicants recorded in the Delian inventories in the period 314-200 BC (IG XI.2 137 to ID 372)EndmatterBibliographyIndex