Myth and Territory in the Spartan Mediterranean

Myth and Territory in the Spartan Mediterranean

by Irad Malkin
     
 

ISBN-10: 0521411831

ISBN-13: 9780521411837

Pub. Date: 01/28/2004

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

Greek mythology and cult often served both as expressions of collective, historical identity and of attitudes to lands and territories. Functioning historically, myths provided justifications and legitimations of conquest, displacement, and settlement. Focusing on the Spartan Mediterranean--the world of Sparta and its colonies--this book examines the spectrum of the

Overview

Greek mythology and cult often served both as expressions of collective, historical identity and of attitudes to lands and territories. Functioning historically, myths provided justifications and legitimations of conquest, displacement, and settlement. Focusing on the Spartan Mediterranean--the world of Sparta and its colonies--this book examines the spectrum of the uses of myth. Extending beyond the Greek world, the book also raises the important question of how peoples relate to and justify their national and territorial identities.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521411837
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
01/28/2004
Pages:
300
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 0.83(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction; 1. The 'colony of the Dorians' and the Return of the Herakleidai; 2. The Homeric king of Sparta: Menelaos in a Spartan Mediterranean; 3. Spartan colonisation in the Aegean and the Peloponnese; 4. Taras: native hostility, territorial possession, and a new-ancient past; 5. Foundation and territory: the cults of Apollo Karneios and Zeus Ammon; 6. Myth and colonial territory: Libya; 7. Promises unfulfilled: Dorieus between North Africa and Sicily; 8. Myth and decolonization: Sparta's colony at Herakleia Trachinia.

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