Mainake: the Legend and the New Archaeological Evidence

Maria Eugenia Aubet

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:

Series: Proceedings of the British Academy

Mainake: the Legend and the New Archaeological Evidence

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This chapter re-examines the location of the legendary city of Mainake. The main source of information about Mainake is the fourth-century poem Ora Maritima and the older anonymous text concerning a periplous. These sources contradict the findings of archaeological studies. This chapter suggests that if it is to be accepted that Mainake was ancient Malaka, and geo-archaeological evidence taken into consideration, then there would be two stages in the socio-political and urban formation of one and the same city. The earliest or colonial stage would be situated on the islet of Villar, while the other on the mainland, in the cover of Malaga.

Keywords: Mainake; Ora Maritima; periplous; Malaka; urban formation; islet of Villar; Malaga

Chapter.  5906 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: History and Theory of Archaeology

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