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Indigenous Society between the Ninth and Sixth Centuries BC: territorial, urban and social evolution

Leighton Robert

in Sicily from Aeneas to Augustus

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print December 2000 | ISBN: 9780748613670
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748650996 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.3366/edinburgh/9780748613670.003.0003
Indigenous Society between the Ninth and Sixth Centuries BC: territorial, urban and social evolution

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Ethnicity, acculturation, and relationships between Greeks and indigenous people feature prominently in the late prehistoric and early historical periods in Sicily. The discussion usually begins with the early Iron Age, followed by the Finocchito period in eastern Sicily after a large indigenous site in the Hyblaean hills, typified by the persistence of local traditions, albeit influenced by contacts with nearby Greek colonies that were still at an early stage of development. This chapter begins with a brief review of chronology and recent attempts to define early Iron Age society, followed by a sketch of the shifting balance between territories variously within the orbit of Greek colonies, and concludes with settlement and urban structures. The identifiable patterns reinforce the conclusion, likewise emerging from complementary lines of inquiry, that indigenous communities, especially those further inland, maintained their traditions for longer than has been recognised.

Keywords: ethnicity; acculturation; relationships; Greeks; indigenous people; Sicily; Iron Age; Finocchito period; settlement; urban structure

Chapter.  9147 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Greek and Roman Archaeology

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