Wandering Greeks: The Ancient Greek Diaspora from the Age of Homer to the Death of Alexander the Great

Wandering Greeks: The Ancient Greek Diaspora from the Age of Homer to the Death of Alexander the Great

by Robert Garland
     
 

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"Garland has done it again. Exploring a fundamental aspect of Greek life in a manner consistently accessible yet grounded in a rich evidential base, he exhibits his special talent by suffusing the whole project with modern parallels and sheer human empathy. Warmly recommended."--David Whitehead, Queen's University Belfast

"In this important and stimulating

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"Garland has done it again. Exploring a fundamental aspect of Greek life in a manner consistently accessible yet grounded in a rich evidential base, he exhibits his special talent by suffusing the whole project with modern parallels and sheer human empathy. Warmly recommended."--David Whitehead, Queen's University Belfast

"In this important and stimulating book, Robert Garland, a writer of great skill and experience, shows how crucial migration was to the remarkable success of the ancient Greeks. No other book has the same range or address, despite the centrality of the subject. Informed throughout with a humane, sympathetic spirit, Wandering Greeks not only places the ancient Greek world in a much wider historical context but also illuminates vexed contemporary issues in the politics of diaspora."--Paul Cartledge, University of Cambridge

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"Garland has found a unique niche in classical scholarship: writing lucid, well-researched, accessible books on important but little-studied aspects of Greek cultural and social life. . . . His accounts of the risks colonists faced, the brutal reality behind the sources' common but terse references to population relocations, and the insecurity of the lives of exiles stand out."Choice

"Garland has succeeded very well in rescuing from obscurity another corner of Greek life."—P. J. Rhodes, Anglo-Hellenic Review

"In bringing together the varied evidence on this topic, Wandering Greeks makes a valuable contribution to the recent and significant trend in scholarship that emphasizes mobility and connectivity in the ancient Mediterranean. Anyone interested in these issues, as well as notions of identity, belonging, and citizenship in the Greek world, would undoubtedly benefit from reading this book."—Denise Demetriou, Bryn Mawr Classical Reviews

"This volume undoubtedly represents a valuable addition to the literature on migration in the ancient world. . . . The book covers a huge amount of ground, providing a stimulating discussion of the evidence for many different forms of migration."—Kathryn Lomas, American Historical Review

"This is indeed a 'vivid and empathetic' book in which the author navigates both historical and literary sources, which have been interwoven into a narrative that is thematically organized by types of 'wanderers.'"—Carolina Lopez-Ruiz, The Historian

"[An] engaging writing style. . . . This book is written for the educated general public but includes plenty for the specialist; it puts wandering and the Greek identity into context and provides a good overall picture of how migrants were treated during the pre-Hellenistic Greek diaspora."—Bart Talbert, Ph.D., International Social Science Review

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780691161051
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
Publication date:
07/21/2014
Pages:
344
Sales rank:
805,765
Product dimensions:
6.40(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.10(d)

Meet the Author

Robert Garland is the Roy D. and Margaret B. Wooster Professor of the Classics at Colgate University. His many books include The Eye of the Beholder: Deformity and Disability in the Graeco-Roman World and The Greek Way of Death.

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