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A Small Greek World: Networks In The Ancient Mediterranean (Greeks Overseas) Paperback – 1 Aug 2013

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  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, Usa; Reprint edition (1 Aug. 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0199315728
  • ISBN-13: 978-0199315727
  • Product Dimensions: 23.4 x 2 x 15.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,736,792 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Malkin has written a thought-provoking and very readable book, which introduces a promising new method to the study of Greek colonisation and identity. (Jorrit M. Kelder, Landscape History)

About the Author

Irad Malkin is Cummings Chair for Mediterranean History and Culture and Professor of Ancient Greek History at Tel Aviv University.

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This is a fascinating exploration of Greek 'colonisation' in the Archaic period (approximately 750-500 BC). The central thesis of the book is that "the more the Greeks became dispersed, somehow the more "Greek" they became" (5). This is then supported by substantial reference to network theory (part of complexity theory). In essence, no one planned the Greek network but it came into being as a result of the myriad actions of people founding new settlements across the Mediterranean world.

As a newcomer to this area of study, I found Malkin's argument quite convincing. The emphasis on connectivity seems wholly appropriate. Some chapters advance the thesis more than others but, overall, I would very much recommend the book.
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