By Christy Constantakopoulou

Christy Constantakopoulou examines the background of the Aegean islands and altering thoughts of insularity, with specific emphasis at the 5th century BC. Islands are a widespread characteristic of the Aegean panorama, and this unavoidably created quite a few diverse (and occasionally contradictory) perceptions of insularity in classical Greek concept. Geographic research of insularity emphasizes the interaction among island isolation and island interplay, however the predominance of islands within the Aegean sea made island isolation nearly very unlikely. really, island connectivity was once a massive characteristic of the heritage of the Aegean and used to be expressed on many degrees. Constantakopoulou investigates island interplay in in demand parts, faith and imperial politics, reading either the non secular networks positioned on islands within the historical Greek global and the impression of imperial politics at the Aegean islands in the course of the 5th century.

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In the second category, he mainly includes ‘real’ islands, but his diVerentiation allows us to include areas such as Wfth-century Athens, which was perceived by its people as an island. 83 Braudel (1972) 160–1. See also Horden and Purcell (2000) 77, where Melos, a real island ‘physically cut oV and in that sense totally distinct, yet not in the least isolated’, is contrasted to inland regions and isolated territories. See also Kolodny (1974) 21 on the isolation of mainland territories. 4. 84 See chapter 5.

Chapter 2 will explore the religious networks of Calauria and Delos, since these two networks, it is argued, had a maritime, if not insular, character. In chapter 3 it 137 For the Islanders’ League see Merher (1970), Bagnall (1976) 136–58, Huß (1976) 213–38, Buraselis (1982), Billows (1990) 220–5, Sheedy (1996). 28 Introduction will be argued that, in the case of Delos, what was a network of religious importance later developed into the Athenian empire. Indeed, the importance of islands in the context of the Athenian empire is examined both through its representation in our sources but also in relation to the more general usefulness of islands to imperial practices and sea power.

1 The Aegean Islands (key map). 111 The understanding of the sea as a medium for mobility and interaction may also explain the Acarnanians’ fast submission to Spartan pressure (Xen. Hell. 1). Xenophon tells us that behind the Acarnanian reasoning was the fact that their cities were in the interior and therefore the destruction of their corn by the Spartan army would truly make them besieged. The inland position of the Acarnanian cities, therefore, meant that they could not replace their own products when destroyed; in other words, the distance from the sea rendered them unable to beneWt from the availability of products through maritime connectivity.

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