Myth and Territory in the Spartan Mediterranean

Irad Malkin

Greek mythology and cult usually served either as expressions of collective, historic id and of attitudes to lands and territories. Functioning traditionally, myths supplied justifications and legitimations of conquest, displacement, and payment. concentrating on the Spartan Mediterranean--the international of Sparta and its colonies--this booklet examines the spectrum of the makes use of of fantasy. Extending past the Greek global, the ebook additionally increases the real query of the way peoples relate to and justify their nationwide and territorial identities.

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