The Culture of Urbanization in the Mediterranean <i>c</i>.800–600 BC

Corinna Riva

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

The Culture of Urbanization in the Mediterranean c.800–600 BC

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This chapter examines the cultural aspects of the urbanization process in the Mediterranean from 800 to 600 BC. The findings reveal that links between the Orientalizing movement and processes that ultimately led to the rise of urban centres can be explored in the different uses and meanings which élites from different regions attached to the aristocratic koine. The results also suggest that the Orientalizing koine provided new forms of sociability and identity which in turn provided the background against which the larger urban community emerged.

Keywords: urbanization process; Mediterranean; Orientalizing movement; urban centres; aristocratic koine; sociability; identity

Chapter.  10532 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: History and Theory of Archaeology

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