Aegeus Society For Aegean Prehistory

BOOKS | 2018

29 April 2020

Travellers in Time. Imagining Movement in the Ancient Aegean World

Saro Wallace

Travellers in Time. Imagining Movement in the Ancient Aegean World

City: London & New York

Year: 2018

Publisher: Routledge

Series: Routledge Studies in Archaeology 29

Description: Hardback, 504 p., numerous b/w figures, 16.2 x 24.2 cm


Travellers in Time re-evaluates the extent to which the earliest Mediterranean civilizations were affected by population movement. It critiques both traditional culture-history-grounded notions of movement in the region as straightforwardly transformative, and the processual, systemic models that have more recently replaced this view, arguing that newer scholarship too often pays limited attention to the specific encounters, experiences and agents involved in travel.

By assessing a broad range of recent archaeological and ancient textual data from the Aegean and central and east Mediterranean via five comprehensive studies, this book makes a compelling case for rethinking issues such as identity, agency, materiality and experience through an understanding of movement as transformative.


List of tables and illustrations [xi-xviii]
Chronology used in this book [xiv-xxvii]
Acknowledgements [xxviii-xxix]

1. Imagining movement [1-32]

2. Movement as explanation: the heritage [33-66]

3. Movement, “Anatolianising” culture and Aegean social change c. 3500 – 2300 BC [67-137]

4. Crete and Cretans in the Mediterranean, 18th to 16th centuries BC [138-242]

5. “Aegean” expansion: new dynamics, new boundaries in the later LBA [243-306]

6. Myth and movement from c. 1200 BC [307-390]

7. Later Iron Age Aegean movement and “Greek colonization” [391-481]

8. Conclusions: movement disassembled [482-496]

Index [497-504]




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