By Irad Malkin
Greek civilization and identification crystallized now not while Greeks have been shut jointly but if they got here to be some distance aside. It emerged in the course of the Archaic interval whilst Greeks based coastal urban states and buying and selling stations in ever-widening horizons from the Ukraine to Spain. No middle directed their diffusion: mom towns have been quite a few and the recent settlements (»colonies») may frequently engender extra settlements. The «Greek heart» was once at sea it used to be shaped via back-ripple results of cultural convergence, following the actual divergence of self sustaining settlements. «The shorelines of Greece are like hems stitched onto the lands of Barbarian peoples» (Cicero). total, and despite distance, cost practices turned Greek within the making and Greek groups way more resembled one another than any in their specific acquaintances just like the Etruscans, Iberians, Scythians, or Libyans. The distinction among «center and outer edge» infrequently mattered (all used to be peri-, «around»), nor used to be a bi-polar distinction with Barbarians of a lot importance.
Should we appreciate the Greeks for having created their civilization inspite of the large distances and discontinuous territories isolating their self sustaining groups? Or did the salient points in their civilization shape and crystallize due to its structure as a de-centralized community? This booklet claims that the reply lies in community attributes shaping a «Small Greek World,» the place separation is measured by way of levels of touch instead of through actual dimensions.
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2, and in general Flower (2008). 77 See more in ehapter 2 at note 48. On poets as mereenaries: Kaplan (2002), pp. 234-35. On Arehiloehos and Paros: Gerber (I999b) testimonia 2, 6. On the battle with the Thracians: Gerber (I999b) testo 4. On Archilochos and Thasos: Gerber (I999b) testo 33, frg. 21. On Archiloehos and Siris, eompared with Thasos: Gerber (I999b), frg. 22. Cf. Clay (2004). " _ etwork theory is really part of complexity theory, which seeks to understand emergent phenomena through the self-organization of large systerns.
In other words, the first goal of this book is to identify the phenomenon of network formation. Its secand, and more suggestive one is an interpretation of its implications. Identifying networks and their overlaps involves much of the more familiar historical research and reconstruction, well known to historians of antiquity. Hopefully, as a result of this approach, some questions of Archaic history will be also seen in a new light. The choice of subjects for analysis has proven difficult. V discrete textual corpora,33 and so on.
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