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Author Luraghi, Nino.

Title The ancient Messenians : constructions of ethnicity and memory / Nino Luraghi
Published Cambridge ; New York : Cambridge University Press, [2008]
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Description 1 online resource (xiii, 389 pages) : illustrations, map
Contents Delimiting the Messenians -- The return of the Heraclids and the mythical birth of Messenia -- The conquest of Messenia through the ages -- Messenia from the Dark Ages to the Peloponnesian War -- Western Messenians -- The earthquake and the revolt: from Ithome to Naupaktos -- The liberation of Messene -- Being Messenian from Philip to Augustus -- Messenians in the Empire
Summary 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
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 345-376) and indexes
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Subject Messēnia (Greece) -- History.
Genre/Form History.
Form Electronic book
LC no. 2008004761
ISBN 0511397070 (electronic bk.)
0511397844 (electronic bk.)
0511399758 (ebook)
0511481411 (ebook)
9780511397073 (electronic bk.)
9780511397844 (electronic bk.)
9780511399756 (ebook)
9780511481413 (ebook)
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