Colonial Encounters in Ancient Iberia a Coda

Michael Dietler and Carolina López-Ruiz

in Colonial Encounters in Ancient Iberia

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print October 2009 | ISBN: 9780226148472
Published online March 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226148489 | DOI:
Colonial Encounters in Ancient Iberia a Coda

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This book has provided a multinational, polydisciplinary overview of current trends in the exploration of colonial encounters between Phoenicians, Greeks, and indigenous peoples in ancient Iberia. Due to recent archaeological work, discussion of the Phoenician and Greek presence in Iberia has moved on to more sociologically interesting questions, such as the diverse natures and histories of different colonial settlements, the economic relations between Phoenicians and Greeks, the forms and logic of interaction with indigenous peoples (including the significance of indigenous agency), and the social and cultural consequences of the encounters for all the parties involved. Another aspect of the colonial situation where understanding has been greatly improved by recent archaeological work is awareness of the existence and importance of indigenous trading centers, with the presence of resident or itinerant Phoenician and Greek merchants.

Keywords: colonial encounters; Phoenicians; Greeks; indigenous peoples; ancient Iberia; settlements; trading centers; merchants; economic relations

Chapter.  5838 words. 

Subjects: Ancient History (Non-Classical, to 500 CE)

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