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Diasporas and colonization in Classical Antiquity

Migration A–Z

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  1. Greg Woolf

Published Online: 4 FEB 2013

DOI: 10.1002/9781444351071.wbeghm172

The Encyclopedia of Global Human Migration

The Encyclopedia of Global Human Migration

How to Cite

Woolf, G. 2013. Diasporas and colonization in Classical Antiquity. The Encyclopedia of Global Human Migration. .

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 4 FEB 2013

Abstract

During the early Holocene humans had followed the retreating glaciers and repopulated Europe. The subsequent spread of agriculture westwards and northwards raised population densities across the continent and provided the conditions for complex societies to emerge. Long-distance exchange can be documented for the Neolithic and Bronze Ages in many commodities, among them spondylus shells, stone axes, amber, and metal ores. Transfers of technology took place too, as is easily documented by the spread of metallurgy and domesticates. Iron working, wagons, coinage, and the potter's wheel all arrived during the first millennium bce.

Keywords:

  • diaspora;
  • colonialism;
  • geopolitics;
  • empire;
  • war;
  • antiquity