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Ancient Economies of the Northern AegeanFifth to First Centuries BC$
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Zosia Halina Archibald

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780199682119

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2014

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199682119.001.0001

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(p.1) 1 Introduction
Ancient Economies of the Northern Aegean

Zosia Halina Archibald

Oxford University Press

This chapter looks at the northern Aegean from a continental perspective, through the eyes of nineteenth-century explorers and twentieth-century scholars. It explains the link between maritime and continental communities, using the historian Thucydides' analysis of Peloponnesian micro-state relations. It introduces the evidence for intra- and inter-continental relations in the north Aegean-east Balkan area. This includes a limited range of texts and documents, and a much larger range of artefacts and monuments, which cumulatively reinforce the notion of a regional network of inter-connected social entities, linked at the most fundamental level through bilateral agreements, which were extended into more complex, nested patterns through the search for rarer, highly desirable commodities and manufactured products. The perceptions of historians of what this mass of information could mean for the societies of the northern Aegean in the last five centuries bc have been shaped by the major historiographical trends of the late nineteenth and twentieth centuries.

Keywords:   economy and environment, Thucydides, royal economies, Via Egnatia, regionalism, rural and urban culture, continental communities, maritime communities

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