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Constructed Spaces: Landscapes of Everyday Life and Ritual

Michael Dietler

in Archaeologies of Colonialism

Published by University of California Press

Published in print October 2010 | ISBN: 9780520265516
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520947948 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520265516.003.0008
Constructed Spaces: Landscapes of Everyday Life and Ritual

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The colonial encounter unfolded within an evolving set of interrelated material and conceptual spaces that both organized the flow of interactions and were reconfigured by the colonial experience. This chapter examines two dimensions of that set of spaces—landscapes of daily life and ritual—and asks what these features can tell us about the nature and consequences of the encounter. In both Greek and indigenous societies, most sites of funerary ritual (aside from infant burials) were located outside urban contexts. On the other hand, the location of other kinds of ritual places, or at least the architectonic marking of such places, offers an interesting contrast between Greeks and indigenous peoples. Greek settlements were generally centered on monumental buildings dedicated to religious ritual, while indigenous settlements generally had no monumental public buildings within the city walls. This chapter explores urban landscape in Mediterranean France, innovations during the colonial period, and transformations in urban landscapes or urbanism.

Keywords: Mediterranean France; innovations; urban landscapes; urbanism; daily life; ritual; settlements; colonial encounter

Chapter.  31937 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Classical History

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