Robin L. N. Barber

in The Oxford Handbook of the Bronze Age Aegean

Published in print January 2012 | ISBN: 9780199873609
Published online September 2012 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Handbooks in Archaeology


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This article discusses adjustments in what may be termed “cultural geography.” The name Cyclades, derived in the Classical period from the islands that formed a loose circle (kyklos) around the sacred centre of Delos, nowadays signifies a modern administrative region—from Andros and Tenos in the north to Melos and Thera in the south. In the Byzantine and Mediaeval periods, the boundaries of the region were different at different times. Some of these have, on occasion, been dubbed “colonies,” but it can be suggested, with perhaps greater plausibility, that they belonged to a Cycladic cultural area, dissimilar to that with which one is now familiar and about whose extent there is undoubtedly more to be learnt. If defined in this way, Middle Cycladic geography seems to show yet another grouping since no sites with similarly strong island characteristics have so far been located outside the area known today as the Cyclades.

Keywords: cultural geography; Cyclades; kyklos; Delos; Andros; Tenos; Melos; Thera; colonies

Article.  4396 words. 

Subjects: Classical Studies ; Ancient Greek History ; Greek and Roman Archaeology

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