Chapter Sixteen. The Western Mediterranean

  1. Kurt A. Raaflaub Professor Director2 and
  2. Hans van Wees Professor3
  1. Carla M. Antonaccio Professor

Published Online: 17 APR 2009

DOI: 10.1002/9781444308761.ch16

A Companion to Archaic Greece

A Companion to Archaic Greece

How to Cite

Antonaccio, C. M. (2009) The Western Mediterranean, in A Companion to Archaic Greece (eds K. A. Raaflaub and H. van Wees), Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444308761.ch16

Editor Information

  1. 2

    Brown University, USA

  2. 3

    University College London, UK

Author Information

  1. Duke University, USA

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 17 APR 2009
  2. Published Print: 10 APR 2009

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9780631230458

Online ISBN: 9781444308761



  • The Western Mediterranean;
  • connectivity, networks, and middle ground;
  • famine and overpopulation - conventional reasons for Greek colonization;
  • proto-historical Greek tradition - epic poetry and poetry of Homer;
  • The Western Greeks - the space of return: enoikismos and colonization;
  • Mediterranean midwest;
  • the Greek midwest;
  • Phocaean western colonies including Massalia


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Preliminaries

  • Connectivity, Networks, and the Middle Ground

  • The Western Greeks