Communities and Networks in the Ancient Greek World

Hardcover | May 21, 2015

EditorClaire Taylor, Kostas Vlassopoulos

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This volume examines the diversity of networks and communities in the classical and early Hellenistic Greek world, with particular emphasis on those which took shape within and around Athens. In doing so it highlights not only the processes that created, modified, and dissolved thesecommunities, but shines a light on the interactions through which individuals with different statuses, identities, levels of wealth, and connectivity participated in ancient society. By drawing on two distinct conceptual approaches, that of network studies and that of community formation, Communities and Networks in the Ancient Greek World showcases a variety of approaches which fall under the umbrella of "network thinking" in order to move the study of ancient Greek historybeyond structuralist polarities and functionalist explanations. The aim is to reconceptualize the polis not simply as a citizen club, but as one inter-linked community amongst many. This allows subaltern groups to be seen not just as passive objects of exclusion and exploitation but activehistorical agents, emphasizes the processes of interaction as well as the institutions created through them, and reveals the interpenetration between public institutions and private networks which integrated different communities within the borders of a polis and connected them with the widerworld.

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This volume examines the diversity of networks and communities in the classical and early Hellenistic Greek world, with particular emphasis on those which took shape within and around Athens. In doing so it highlights not only the processes that created, modified, and dissolved thesecommunities, but shines a light on the interactions t...

Claire Taylor is John W. and Jeanne M. Rowe Assistant Professor of Ancient Greek History at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Kostas Vlassopoulos is Associate Professor in Greek History at the University of Nottingham.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:320 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 0.1 inPublished:May 21, 2015Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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List of FiguresList of TablesAbbreviationsList of Contributors1. Claire Taylor and Kostas Vlassopoulos: Introduction: An Agenda for the Study of Greek HistoryPart 1: The Diversity of Networks and Communities2. Claire Taylor: Social Networks and Social Mobility in Fourth-Century Athens3. Esther Eidinow: Ancient Greek Religion: 'Embedded' ... and Embodied4. Paulin Ismard: 'Playing with Scales' in the Classical City: The Case of the Marathonian TetrapolisPart 2: Processes: Creating Communities and Networks5. Kostas Vlassopoulos: Plotting Strategies, Networks, and Communities in Classical Athens: The Evidence of Slave Names6. Peter Hunt: Trojan Slaves in Classical Athens: Ethnic Identity Among Athenian Slaves7. Ben Akrigg: Metics in AthensPart 3: Interactions: Poleis, Networks, and Communities8. Vincent Gabrielsen: Naval and Grain Networks and Associations in Fourth-Century Athens9. Christy Constantakopoulou: Beyond the Polis: Island koina and Other Non-Poleis Entities in the AegeanPart 4: Looking Back and Looking Forward10. John Davies: Retrospect and ProspectBibliographyIndex