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Makaira Thessalia: The Identities of a Place and its People from the Seventh to the Second Century BC (Hardback)

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Thessaly, in northern Greece, remains one of the less-often

studied regions of the ancient Greek world.

Its name calls to mind cavalry charging over wide, fertile plains;

wealth and oligarchy; witches and necromancy.

Like all stereotypes, this has kernels of truth but is essentially

distorting and limited.

One reason for Thessaly's relative obscurity is that it

continues to issue a special challenge to our understanding of how ancient

societies were composed and organised.

Our dominant model for this understanding is the polis, and yet a

polis-based approach, applied to Thessaly, only yields half the picture. There,

individual communities were linked by a regional superstructure of identity and

organisation: being Thessalian.

Being Thessalian, and the expression of being Thessalian,

are the subject of this book. What

situations brought together citizens from the different poleis? In what circumstances did it become important

to declare oneself Thessalian instead of, or as well as, Pheraian, Larisaian,

Pharsalian, etc.? How was Thessalian

identity articulated, and how did this articulation change over centuries and

in response to changing conditions? How

did regional and local identity interact? Topical questions, at a time when the

warring claims of nation-states and federal structures seem to be growing ever

more conflictual.

Chapter by chapter, this book moves through the

different modes of being Thessalian and its expression, including military and

political co-operation, language, myth-making and religion. It considers both

Thessalian evidence itself - archaeological, epigraphic and numismatic material

- and non-Thessalian literary accounts, and is especially concerned with the

dialogue between internal and external perspectives: how other Greeks viewed

the Thessalians, how these views coloured their writing, and how the

Thessalians themselves responded to their own stereotypes and incorporated them

in their collective self-presentation.

History & PoliticsArchaeologyArchaeology by period / regionClassical Greek & Roman archaeologyHistory & PoliticsHistory: ChronologicalAncient history: to c 500 CEClassical history / classical civilisationHistory & PoliticsHistory: ChronologicalEarly history: c 500 to c 1450-1500 Publisher: Liverpool University Press Publication Date: 01/05/2023 ISBN-13: 9781789621242  Details: Type: Hardback Format: Books
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Emma Aston is Head of the Department of Classics, University of Reading. She is the author of Mixanthropoi: Animal/human Hybrid Deities in Greek Religion (Liege, 2011) and many articles on ancient Thessaly.

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