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Greek migrations and colonies, ancient era

Migration A–Z

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  1. Gocha Tsetskhladze

Published Online: 4 FEB 2013

DOI: 10.1002/9781444351071.wbeghm261

The Encyclopedia of Global Human Migration

The Encyclopedia of Global Human Migration

How to Cite

Tsetskhladze, G. 2013. Greek migrations and colonies, ancient era. The Encyclopedia of Global Human Migration. .

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 4 FEB 2013

Abstract

It is somewhat misleading to use the term colonization for Greek expansion and settlement overseas in the Archaic period. We continue to do so for convenience and for want of any better (or acceptable) term to describe a phenomenon of unprecedented scale (in this period nearly 150 settlements were established in the Mediterranean and the Black Sea). This emigration movement had many sides. Thanks to it the physical and intellectual boundaries were pushed outward to such an extent that Plato could describe the world as extending from the Pillars of Hercules to the River Phasis (Phaedo 109b), that is, from the western tip of the Mediterranean to the eastern edge of the Black Sea.

Keywords:

  • archaeology;
  • empire;
  • geopolitics;
  • community