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…  See more details below

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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

List of maps
Acknowledgements
List of abbreviations
Note
Introduction1
1The 'colony of the Dorians' and the Return of the Herakleidai15
2The Homeric king of Sparta: Menelaos in a Spartan Mediterranean46
3Spartan colonization in the Aegean and the Peloponnese67
4Taras: native hostility, territorial possession, and a new-ancient past115
5Foundation and territory: the cults of Apollo Karneios and Zeus Ammon143
6Myth and colonial territory: Libya169
7Promises unfulfilled: Dorieus between North Africa and Sicily192
8Myth and decolonization: Sparta's colony at Herakleia Trachinia219
Bibliography236
Index266

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