The Dance of the Islands: Insularity, Networks, the Athenian Empire, and the Aegean World

Paperback | August 31, 2010

byChristy Constantakopoulou

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Christy Constantakopoulou examines the history of the Aegean islands and changing concepts of insularity, with particular emphasis on the fifth century BC. Islands are a prominent feature of the Aegean landscape, and this inevitably created a variety of different (and sometimes contradictory)perceptions of insularity in classical Greek thought. Geographic analysis of insularity emphasizes the interplay between island isolation and island interaction, but the predominance of islands in the Aegean sea made island isolation almost impossible. Rather, island connectivity was an importantfeature of the history of the Aegean and was expressed on many levels. Constantakopoulou investigates island interaction in two prominent areas, religion and imperial politics, examining both the religious networks located on islands in the ancient Greek world and the impact of imperial politics onthe Aegean islands during the fifth century.

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Christy Constantakopoulou examines the history of the Aegean islands and changing concepts of insularity, with particular emphasis on the fifth century BC. Islands are a prominent feature of the Aegean landscape, and this inevitably created a variety of different (and sometimes contradictory)perceptions of insularity in classical Greek...

Dr. Christy Constantakapoulou is Lecturer in Ancient History at Birkbeck College, University of London.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:348 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 0.07 inPublished:August 31, 2010Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199591172

ISBN - 13:9780199591176

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Table of Contents

1. Introduction2. Religious networks in the archaic Aegean3. The Aegean islands as an imperial network: the fifth century and the Athenian Empire4. Islands and imperialism5. The island of Athens6. The smaller picture: mini island networks7. Beyond insularity: islands and their peraiaiConclusion

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Review from previous edition: "[A] highly coherent and enlightening excavation of the inter-relationship between island realities, island ideologies, and ideas of insularity." --Robin Osborne, Bryn Mawr Classical Review