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Urban Foundations? Colonial Settlement and Urbanization in the Western Mediterranean

Peter Van Dommelen

in Mediterranean Urbanization 800-600 BC

Published by British Academy

Published in print October 2005 | ISBN: 9780197263259
Published online February 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191734618 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5871/bacad/9780197263259.003.0007

Series: Proceedings of the British Academy

Urban Foundations? Colonial Settlement and Urbanization in the Western Mediterranean

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This chapter examines the relation between urbanization and colonial settlement in the western Mediterranean and evaluates whether the Mediterranean should be considered an urban region. It investigates the interconnection between urbanization and colonialism and analyses archaeological evidence for early colonial settlement, focusing on Greek colonization in South Italy and Sicily and the Phoenician presence on the Tyrrhenian islands and the Spanish south-east coast. The findings indicate that the urban fabric of many colonial foundations does not necessarily have to be understood in urban terms.

Keywords: urbanization; colonial settlement; western Mediterranean; colonialism; South Italy; Sicily; Tyrrhenian islands; Greek colonization; Phoenicians

Chapter.  9723 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: History and Theory of Archaeology

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