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Colonization and Subalternity in Classical Greece
Experience of the Nonelite Population


  • Date Published: March 2020
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  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781108409223

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  • In this book, Gabriel Zuchtriegel explores and reconstructs the unwritten history of Classical Greece - the experience of nonelite colonial populations. Using postcolonial critical methods to analyze Greek settlements and their hinterlands of the fifth and fourth centuries BC, he reconstructs the social and economic structures in which exploitation, violence, and subjugation were implicit. He mines literary sources and inscriptions, as well as archaeological and data from excavations and field surveys, much of it published here for the first time, that offer new insights into the lives and status of nonelite populations in Greek colonies. Zuchtriegel demonstrates that Greece's colonial experience has far-reaching implications beyond the study of archaeology and ancient history. As reflected in foundational texts such as Plato's 'Laws' and Aristotle's 'Politics', the ideology that sustained Greek colonialism is still felt in many Western societies.

    • Proposes a new view of Classical Greece, appealing to those who are uncomfortable with elitist and classicist narratives of Ancient Greece
    • Uses postcolonial and subaltern studies in the field of Classical archaeology, making it an interesting resource for readers who are interested in new approaches in the field of Classical archaeology, which is traditionally rather conservative
    • Combines archaeological field work (such as excavation, field surveys, pottery analysis) with close readings of literary sources and political philosophy, offering new perspectives for a broader range of disciplines: archaeology and ancient history, as well as political philosophy and economic history
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    '… this groundbreaking book offers a fresh and compelling portrait of daily life in Classical Greek colonies. Zuchtriegel's forward-thinking analyses prompt his readers to question longheld beliefs about Greek colonization, and his discussions of early colonial architecture (Chapter 2), residential patterns (Chapters 4 and 5), the reinterpretation of land distribution practices at Metapontum (pp. 132–134), and specialized craft production (Chapter 7) are of particular note. This book is a must-have resource for all scholars of Greek colonization, and will undoubtedly shape the discourse of the field for years to come.' Ancient History Bulletin

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    Product details

    • Date Published: March 2020
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781108409223
    • length: 284 pages
    • dimensions: 254 x 178 x 15 mm
    • weight: 0.502kg
    • contains: 74 b/w illus. 6 tables
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. Places of darkness: colonial settlements and the history of classical Greece
    2. Huts and houses: a question of ideology?
    3. Tombs: visibility and invisibility in colonial societies
    4. Fields: colonial definitions of equality
    5. Farms: the end of equality?
    6. Mountains: the limits of Greekness and citizenship
    7. Workshops: Banausoi in the colony
    8. Classical Greece from a colonial perspective

  • Author

    Gabriel Zuchtriegel, Paestum Excavations, Italy
    Gabriel Zuchtriegel holds a Ph.D. degree in Classical Archaeology from Universität Bonn, Germany. He has been fellow of Studienstiftung des Deutschen Volkes, the German Archaeological Institute and the Alexander von Humboldt-Foundation and has conducted fieldwork in southern Italy and Sicily. He has taught courses at the University of Bonn, Germany and at the University of Basilicata, taly. He has worked for the Soprintendenza di Pompei and is currently in charge of the Museum and Archaeological site of Paestum. Published works include a monograph on ancient Gabii (Latium), edited volumes, journal papers and articles in newspapers and popular science magazines.

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