Myth and Territory in the Spartan Mediterranean

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Cambridge University Press, Jul 17, 2003 - History - 278 pages
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This book discusses Greek attitudes to settlement and territory as articulated through myths and cults. It covers the spectrum from explicit charter myths legitimating conquest, displacement, and settlement, to the 'precedent-setting' and even aetiological myths, rendering new landscapes 'Greek'.
 

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Contents

The colony of the Dorians and the Return of the Herakleidai
15
The Lakonian land genealogies
19
the Return of Tyndareos
22
The Homeric lords of the land
26
the Return of the Herakleidai
33
History the Dorian invasion and the Return of the Herakleidai
43
The Homeric king of Sparta Menelaos in a Spartan Mediterranean
46
Menelaos in Sparta
47
uses and abuses
139
Foundation and territory the cults of Apollo Karneios and Zeus Ammon
143
the Herakleid foundation of Sparta
149
The Dorian invasion and the vocabulary of cult
152
Nomima and the Karneia
157
the precinct of Zeus Arnmon
158
Zeus Ammon and the Greeks
159
The choicest garden of Zeus
161

Menelaos in Libya
48
Menelaos in the west
57
the cult of the Antenoridai
64
Spartan colonization in the Aegean and the Peloponnese
67
The Aegean colonies
73
Shortdistance colonization in the Peloponnese
83
Theras and Kadmos the Phoenician
89
Placenames and attitudes
95
Myth and genealogy
98
Theras archagetas
106
Amyklai and Spartan colonization
111
basileia at Thera
113
Taras native hostility territorial possession and a newancient past
115
the challenge of territorial possession
127
historical versus mythical founders
133
Zeus and the Greek colonization of Libya
163
Cult sites and the definition of territory
164
Zeus Ammon and Carthage
167
Myth and colonial territory Libya
169
The charter myth of the clod of earth
174
Antaios
181
the Altars of the Philaini
187
Promises unfulfilled Dorieus between North Africa and Sicily
192
Dorieus and the land of Eryx
203
Myth and decolonization Spartas colony at Herakleia Trachinia
219
The colonizers and the colonized
221
The myth of Herakles and attitudes to the local people
227
Bibliography
236
Index
266
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Page 236 - L'epos greco in occidente. Atti del diciannovesimo convegno di studi sulla Magna Grecia, Taranto, 7-11 ottobre 1979, Tarente, 1980 [1989] [cité ACT, 19, 1979], 9-28; G.
Page 5 - ... this word again in the literal native mythological sense. The result is that there come into existence a special class of mythological stories which justify and account for the anomalous state of affairs. The strength of the various mythological and legal principles is manifested in that the myths of justification still contain the antagonistic and logically irreconcilable facts and points of view, and only try to cover them by facile reconciliatory incident, obviously manufactured ad hoc.
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Page 4 - ... its social function; on the other hand, once we begin to study the social function of myth, and so to reconstruct its full meaning, we are gradually led to build up the full theory of native social organization. One of the most interesting phenomena connected with traditional precedent and charter is the adjustment of myth and mythological principle to cases in which the very foundation of such mythology is flagrantly violated.
Page 5 - This violation always takes place when the local claims of an autochthonous clan, ie, a clan which has emerged on the spot, are overridden by an immigrant clan. Then a conflict of principles is created, for obviously the principle that land and authority belong to those who are literally born out of it does not leave room for any newcomers. On the other hand, members of a subclan...

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