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Archaic and Classical Greek SicilyA Social and Economic History$
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Franco De Angelis

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780195170474

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2016

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195170474.001.0001

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Archaic and Classical Greek Sicily
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Franco De Angelis

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195170474.003.0006

This chapter brings together all the conclusions from the individual chapters and relates them to previous conclusions to tell a new story about Greek Sicily. In it, we return to the more general question of the role of Greeks in the making of ancient Sicily. Edward Freeman argued in the 1890s that the ancient Greeks created our current image of ancient Sicily. That such an open-minded world historian singled out the ancient Greeks alone as having been behind Sicily’s success and character is what makes his statements about the role of Hellenism in making ancient Sicily the attractive model to test. Current evidence corroborates this view, and can stand if it includes the collaboration of native and other peoples. The chapter ends by considering the general role that social and economic questions can have in future studies of Greek Sicily and outlines some possible future directions.

Keywords:   Edward Freeman, Hellenism, future directions, world history, agency

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