Wandering Greeks: The Ancient Greek Diaspora from the Age of Homer to the Death of Alexander the Great

Most classical authors and smooth historians depict the traditional Greek international as basically good or even static, as soon as the so-called colonization move got here to an finish. yet Robert Garland argues that the Greeks have been hugely cellular, that their flow was once necessary to the survival, good fortune, and sheer sustainability in their society, and that this wandering grew to become a defining attribute in their tradition. Addressing a overlooked yet crucial topic, Wandering Greeks specializes in the diaspora of tens of hundreds of thousands of individuals among approximately seven hundred and 325 BCE, demonstrating the measure to which Greeks have been susceptible to be pressured to depart their houses as a result of political upheaval, oppression, poverty, struggle, or just a wish to greater themselves.

Attempting to go into into the state of mind of those wanderers, the booklet offers an insightful and sympathetic account of what it intended for old Greeks to half from each person and every little thing they held expensive, to begin a brand new existence elsewhere--or even to develop into homeless, dwelling at the open street or at the excessive seas without finish to their trip in sight. each one bankruptcy identifies a particular type of "wanderer," together with the in a foreign country settler, the deportee, the evacuee, the asylum-seeker, the fugitive, the commercial migrant, and the itinerant, and the booklet additionally addresses repatriation and the belief of the "portable polis." the result's a vibrant and special portrait of historic Greece as a tradition of displaced persons.

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