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    Identity and resistance: the islanders' league, the Aegean islands and the Hellenistic kings

    Constantakopoulou, Christy (2012) Identity and resistance: the islanders' league, the Aegean islands and the Hellenistic kings. Mediterranean Historical Review 27 (1), pp. 51-72. ISSN 0951-8967.

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    Abstract

    This article explores the Islanders' League (koinon ton nesioton) of the late fourth and third centuries (BCE). Through an examination of the epigraphic evidence (primarily the Nicouria inscription IG XII.7 506), I suggest that, rather than interpreting this League as a top-down imposition on the world of the South Aegean islanders by the Hellenistic kings (first Antigonos and Demetrios, and then the Ptolemies), we should view the League as an expression of and contributor to a strong regional island identity. During the late fourth and third centuries, the League changed patronage; I argue that it was not the specific identity of the patrons that mattered, but rather the complex negotiation of power relations and identity in the region.

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    Item Type: Article
    Keyword(s) / Subject(s): Aegean Sea, Islanders' League, Delos, insularity, identity
    School: Birkbeck Schools and Departments > School of Social Sciences, History and Philosophy > History, Classics and Archaeology
    Depositing User: Administrator
    Date Deposited: 20 May 2013 10:51
    Last Modified: 11 Oct 2016 15:27
    URI: http://eprints.bbk.ac.uk/id/eprint/6885

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