Mediterranean Communities: Inter-connectivity in the ancient world

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Mediterranean Communities: Inter-connectivity in the ancient world

Emma-Jayne Graham and Mark Woolmer (University of St. Andrews)

Call for contributions for a forthcoming edited volume of papers


We are looking for proposals for papers examining the theme of inter-connectivity in the ancient Mediterranean (c.1000 B.C. - A.D. 200). Having taught several undergraduate level modules which focus on this region, the editors believe that the subject lacks sufficient inter-disciplinary literature that is accessible to students at this level. Most significantly, no single text provides an introduction to this region and the themes integral to its study over such a broad period. In order to redress this balance we have decided to produce a volume that will not only offer a comprehensive textbook on this commonly taught subject, but that will also serve the wider academic community by providing a concise overview of current research into the ancient Mediterranean.

Between c.1000 B.C. and A.D. 200 the Mediterranean was transformed from a world of small peasant and tribal communities into a world of interconnected cities. Urbanism, diasporic colonisation and the appearance of complex societies and states were followed by regional hegemonies, then empires. The Mediterranean lay at the heart of these
transformations, as both facilitator and natural boundary, and it played an integral part in the rise and fall of classical civilisations. The disparate themes and issues relevant to this period are, however, frequently studied in isolation and for the student of the ancient Mediterranean it can often be difficult to discern the links between such diverse regions and ages. The aim of this volume is to provide an introduction to some of the key factors which both unite and divide the ancient Mediterranean. The broad themes and issues which will be addressed are:

  • Urbanisation and urban networks
  • Trade, colonisation and voyages of discovery
  • Rural landscapes and topography
  • Religion
  • Cultural connections
We are seeking contributions which will provide an introduction to these topics that are relevant to undergraduate and A-Level/Highers/International Baccalaureate students. We are not seeking papers that present a contentious view but that represent the current state of research into these themes. The volume is intended to be of relevance to students of archaeology, ancient history and classical civilisations, and we therefore welcome contributions from all of these disciplines, as well as art history, anthropology and classics. Papers should be approximately 5,000 words in length and pitched accordingly. The volume will focus primarily on Phoenicia, Greece, Etruria, Rome, Egypt, North Africa and the Levant, but papers discussing other Mediterranean communities will be considered. Papers which stress the significance of inter-connectivity and cross-cultural communication will be particularly welcomed. Possible topics might include, but are not limited to:
  • Changing use of urban spaces, urban communities, civic administration, town planning, relationships between town and country, roads, amenities (e.g. water supply, public buildings), communal living.
  • Connections through commerce: trade networks, coinage, maritime communities, thalassocracies, periploi, Rome – the first global market?
  • Colonisation – integration, exclusion or conquest?
  • Landscape use, production or division. Regionality, links with urban centres, the significance of topographical, environmental and climatic factors.
  • Religious synthesis, cult practice, integration of foreign cults, religious tolerance, shared iconography, cosmologies and afterlives.
  • Leisure and culture, fashion (e.g. Persian influence in the 5th century B.C), the prevalence of spectacles and other leisure activities, interaction of artistic and architectural styles, changing culinary tastes and dining, gardens, tourism.
  • Communication networks, messengers and heralds, language, forms of public communication.

If you would like to submit a proposal or have any questions please get in touch with us at Cette adresse email est protégée contre les robots des spammeurs, vous devez activer Javascript pour la voir. . We require abstracts of no more than 300 words for your proposed contribution no later than 31st March 2009. Final papers will be due in late 2009. This volume will be subject to peer review and we plan for it to be published in early 2010.

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