Book Chapter

Magical Mystery Tour: The Role of Islands in Connecting Ancient West and East

Louise Hitchcock, Laura Pisanu, Aren Maeir

Connecting the Ancient World West and East: Festschrift for Gocha Tsetskladze | Peeters | Published : 2021


From an ecological standpoint, islands once held allure as imagined laboratories for the isolated study of social and cultural change. However, in The Corrupting Sea, Horden and Purcell have compellingly demonstrated that in reality islands were places of “strikingly enhanced interaction … central to the history of the Mediterranean.” Although their detailed meta-history focuses on the historic periods, much of what they discuss can be identified in prehistory. Our contribution focuses on the unique role that island-scapes play in shrinking maritime space among the disparate cultures of the Mediterranean, bringing ancient west and east together through cultural and economic entanglement. Th..

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