This chapter highlights the importance of interaction and mobility, of both people and products, for our understanding of the history of the Aegean Sea and its islands in the classical period. Island interaction maintained through maritime connectivity is the underlying reality that resulted in the creation of religious networks (Delos and Calauria) and political imperial organisations, such as the Athenian empire. The interacting world of the Aegean and its eventual submission to Athenian imperial power affected greatly the way insularity was understood and portrayed in our sources. But at the same time, maritime mobility was an essential, yet massively under-explored, aspect of the lives of the insular Greeks.
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