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Foundation Myths and Politics in Ancient Ionia (Cambridge Classical Studies)

Foundation Myths and Politics in Ancient Ionia (Cambridge Classical Studies)

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Naoíse Mac Sweeney
Cambridge University Press
Edition: Illustrated, 11/21/2013
EAN 9781107037496, ISBN10: 1107037492

Hardcover, 252 pages, 25.4 x 20.3 x 2.5 cm
Language: English
Originally published in English

This book examines foundation myths told about the Ionian cities during the archaic and classical periods. It uses these myths to explore the complex and changing ways in which civic identity was constructed in Ionia, relating this to the wider discourses about ethnicity and cultural difference that were current in the Greek world at this time. The Ionian cities seem to have rejected oppositional models of cultural difference which set in contrast East and West, Europe and Asia, Greek and Barbarian, opting instead for a more fluid and nuanced perspective on ethnic and cultural distinctions. The conclusions of this book have far-reaching implications for our understanding of Ionia, but also challenge current models of Greek ethnicity and identity, suggesting that there was a more diverse conception of Greekness in antiquity than has often been assumed.

1. Introduction
identity and the construction of cultural difference
2. Foundation myths and politics
3. Ionia
4. Miletus
violence and bloodshed
5. Chios and Samos
land and island
6. Colophon and Ephesus
founding mothers
7. Being Ionian
the Ionian League, Ionian migrations, and Smyrna
8. Conclusions.