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Megara Hyblaia and Selinous : the development of two Greek city-states in archaic Sicily /
Franco De Angelis.
imprint
Oxford : Oxford University, School of Archaeology, 2003.
description
xxii, 247 p., [8] p. of plates : ill., maps ; 25 cm.
ISBN
0947816569
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imprint
Oxford : Oxford University, School of Archaeology, 2003.
isbn
0947816569
general note
Series numbering on dust jacket is 55.
catalogue key
5188250
 
Includes bibliographical references (p. [209]-241) and index.
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Summaries
Long Description
The settlements made by Greeks in archaic Italy have largely been seen in terms of colonies duplicated from, and heavily dependant on, mainland Greece. The scarcity of the literary sources for this period makes the archaeological record crucial. Franco de Angelis makes use of both the archaeological and what literary evidence there is in reconstructing a history of Megara Hyblaia and Selinous, two settlements established by the Greeks during the late eighth and mid-seventh century BC. He looks at the existing environment and political setting the Greeks found when they arrived, the development of the settlements, including the extent of their territory and influence; society and politics, and environment and economy. Throughout, an emphasis is placed on the individual nature of the settlements and their development, based on the particular circumstances that existed in Sicily, rather than seeing them as copies of city-states on mainland Greece.
Main Description
The Greeks founded a number of settlements outside of mainland Greece, most of which closely mirrored, and were partly dependent on, those of the homeland. This study focuses on two settlements, Megara Hyblaia and Selinous, established in Italy by the Greeks during the late 8th and mid-7th centuries BC. The paucity of literary sources for this period makes the archaeological record crucial and Franco de Angelis makes use of both sets of evidence in reconstructing a history of these two settlements. He goes on to explore the existing environment and political setting that the Greeks encountered when they arrived, the development of the settlements themselves and their influence, the nature of society, the economy and political life. Throughout, an emphasis is placed on the individual nature of the settlements, based on the particular circumstances that existed in Sicily.
Table of Contents
Acknowledgements
List of figures
List of plates
Abbreviations : bibliographic
Abbreviations : chronological
Introduction
Megara Hyblaia
The settingp. 1
Settlement developmentp. 17
Society and politicsp. 40
Environment and economyp. 72
Selinous
The settingp. 101
Settlement developmentp. 128
Society and politicsp. 146
Environment and economyp. 173
Conclusionsp. 200
Bibliographyp. 209
Indexp. 242
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