The smaller picture: mini island networks

Christy Constantakopoulou

in The Dance of the Islands

Published in print October 2007 | ISBN: 9780199215959
Published online January 2010 | e-ISBN: 9780191706868 | DOI:

Series: Oxford Classical Monographs

The smaller picture: mini island networks

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Interaction was a prominent feature of the Aegean insular geography. This is mostly visible in the examination of interaction between neighbouring islands. Ferrying or cabotage, or its ancient equivalent porthmeutike, it is argued, probably had a bigger impact on the lives of the insular Greeks than the long sea journeys that modern scholarship tends to examine. The chapter examines a variety of forms of inter-island connections, such as that of a larger island controlling its smaller neighbours (Chios, Samos, Cos and Rhodes creating by control their own archipelago), the fascinating but massively under-explored phenomenon of goat islands (with particular emphasis on Heracleia and its decree prohibiting the entrance of goats on the island), and the intriguing suggestion that islands formed synteleiai, that is groupings when paying the Athenians their tribute.

Keywords: Samos; Cos; Chios; Rhodes; ferrying; porthmeutike; goats; Heracleia; synteleiai

Chapter.  22340 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Classical History

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