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The Ancient Messenians

The Ancient Messenians
Constructions of Ethnicity and Memory

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  • Date Published: July 2011
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521349536

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  • Early in the archaic period of Greek history, Messenia was annexed and partially settled by its powerful neighbour, Sparta. Achieving independence in the fourth century BC, the inhabitants of Messenia set about trying to forge an identity for themselves separate from their previous identity as Spartan subjects, refunctionalising or simply erasing their Spartan heritage. Professor Luraghi provides a thorough examination of the history of Messenian identity and consequently addresses a range of questions and issues whose interest and importance have only been widely recognised by ancient historians during the last decade. By a detailed scrutiny of the ancient written sources and the archaeological evidence, the book reconstructs how the Messenians perceived and constructed their own ethnicity at different points in time, by applying to Messenian ethnicity insights developed by anthropologists and early medieval historians.

    • Was the first book to investigate sources from both the archaic/classical era and the Hellenistic period
    • Applies to Messenian ethnicity insights developed by anthropologists and early medieval historians
    • Includes detailed maps of the region
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    'Luraghi draws an interesting and detailed picture of the construction of the ethnic identity of the ancient Messenians throughout the centuries from the Bronze Age to the Imperial era.' Arctos

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    • Date Published: July 2011
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521349536
    • length: 404 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 23 mm
    • weight: 0.59kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. Introduction
    2. Delimiting the Messenians
    3. The return of the Heraclids and the mythical birth of Messenia
    4. The conquest of Messenia through the ages
    5. Messenia from the Dark Ages to the Peloponnesian War
    6. The Western Messenians
    7. The earthquake and the revolt: from Ithome to Naupactus
    8. The liberation of Messenia
    9. Being Messenian from Philip to Augustus
    10. Messenians in the Empire
    11. Conclusion.

  • Author

    Nino Luraghi, Harvard University, Massachusetts

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