1st Edition

The Greeks in Iberia and their Mediterranean Context

Edited By Jens A. Krasilnikoff, Benedict Lowe Copyright 2024
    276 Pages 50 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    This volume explores the effects of Greek presence in the Iberian Peninsula, and how this Iberian Greek experience evolved in resonance with its neighbouring region, the Mediterranean West.

    Contributions cover the Phocaean settlement at Emporion and its relationship with the indigenous hinterland, the government of the Greek communities, Greek settlement and trade at Málaga, the Greek settlement of Santa Pola, Greek trade in Southern France and Eastern Spain, the implications of imported Attic pottery in the fifth and fourth centuries BC and the conception of Iberia in the eyes of the Greeks. The Iberian Peninsula invites discussion of key notions of ethnic identity, the use of code-switching, cultural geography and the role of society in generating, developing and exploiting social memory in a changing world. The contributions in this volume provide a variety of responses and interpretations of the Greek presence, reflecting the extent of this debate and offering different approaches in order to better understand the range of evidence from the Iberian Peninsula.

    The Greeks in Iberia and their Mediterranean Context develops current research on the Greek presence, presenting diverse opinions and new interpretations that are of interest not only to scholars studying the Iberian Peninsula and Greek settlement but also students of identity, cultural geography and colonisation more widely, as well as the applicability of these concepts to the historical record.

    1. Iberia and the Greek World: What Role for the Greeks in Iberia?

    Adolfo J. Domínguez Monedero

    2. Exchanges between the Greek World and the Iberian Peninsula from the Eighth to the Fourth Century BC

    Pierre Rouillard

    3. The Merchants of Emporion: Selling (and Being) Greek in the Iberian Market

    Raymond Capra

    4. Some Experiential Observations on Trading, Farming and Sharing of Place in 6th to 2nd Century BC Emporion

    Jens A. Krasilnikoff

    5. Footprints in the Sea: Strabo’s Τρία Πολίχνια Μασσαλιωτῶν and the Greeks in the Levant

    Benedict Lowe

    6. Iberian Or Greek?: Current Debate on the Coastal Settlement of La Picola (Santa Pola, Alicante)

    Pierre Moret

    7. The Greeks and the Bay of Málaga: Five Centuries of Relationships and the Trade in the Phoenician West

    Eduardo García Alfonso

    8. Images in Motion: Fourth Century BC Athenian Pottery from the Iberian Peninsula: Workshops and Iconography

    Carmen Sánchez Fernández and Diana Rodríguez Pérez

    9. Piracy and the Western Greek Experience

    Joshua R. Hall

    10. Dionysius I of Syracuse and the Spatial Order of Rule By One: The Early 4th Century Syracusan Arché as Cultural Contact Zone and Food System

    Jens A. Krasilnikoff

    11. Cultural Memory and Cultural Change in Hellenistic and Roman Magna Graecia

    Kathryn Lomas

    12. Assessing Identities in Culturally Diverse Archaeological Contexts: Funerary Case Studies from Magna Graecia

    Jane Hjarl Petersen


    Jens A. Krasilnikoff is Associate Professor in Greek and Hellenistic history at the Department of History and Classical Studies, Aarhus University, Denmark. He recently published articles on the rural economy of Classical Greece and co-edited volumes on Greek religion and the cultural history of Alexandria.

    Benedict Lowe is Professor of History at the University of North Alabama. He is the author of Roman Iberia: Economy, Society and Empire, and a forthcoming history of Cádiz.