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The Ancient Messenians By Nino Luraghi (Harvard University, Massachusetts)

The Ancient Messenians
by Nino Luraghi (Harvard University, Massachusetts)

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Traces the history of Messenian ethnicity from the archaic period to the Roman Empire. Once Messenia became independent from Sparta, its inhabitants reinvented their past history. Using archaeological and literary evidence, this book investigates the recreation of the past and its implications for the ethnic memory of the Messenians.
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The Ancient Messenians: Constructions of Ethnicity and Memory by Nino Luraghi (Harvard University, Massachusetts)

Early in the archaic period of Greek history, Messenia was annexed and partially settled by its powerful neighbour, Sparta. Achieving independence in the fourth century BC, the inhabitants of Messenia set about trying to forge an identity for themselves separate from their previous identity as Spartan subjects, refunctionalising or simply erasing their Spartan heritage. Professor Luraghi provides a thorough examination of the history of Messenian identity and consequently addresses a range of questions and issues whose interest and importance have only been widely recognised by ancient historians during the last decade. By a detailed scrutiny of the ancient written sources and the archaeological evidence, the book reconstructs how the Messenians perceived and constructed their own ethnicity at different points in time, by applying to Messenian ethnicity insights developed by anthropologists and early medieval historians.

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The Ancient Messenians Reviews

'Luraghi draws an interesting and detailed picture of the construction of the ethnic identity of the ancient Messenians throughout the centuries from the Bronze Age to the Imperial era.' Arctos

About Nino Luraghi (Harvard University, Massachusetts)

Nino Luraghi is Professor of the Classics at Harvard University, and has published widely on Greek history and historiography. Recent works include an edited volume entitled The Politics of Ethnicity and the Crisis of the Peloponnesian League (forthcoming) and Helots and their Masters in Laconia and Messenia (co-edited with S. Alcock, 2003).

Table of Contents

1. Introduction; 2. Delimiting the Messenians; 3. The return of the Heraclids and the mythical birth of Messenia; 4. The conquest of Messenia through the ages; 5. Messenia from the Dark Ages to the Peloponnesian War; 6. The Western Messenians; 7. The earthquake and the revolt: from Ithome to Naupactus; 8. The liberation of Messenia; 9. Being Messenian from Philip to Augustus; 10. Messenians in the Empire; 11. Conclusion.

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The Ancient Messenians: Constructions of Ethnicity and Memory by Nino Luraghi (Harvard University, Massachusetts)
Nino Luraghi (Harvard University, Massachusetts)
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