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Mediterranean Urbanization 800-600 BC$
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Robin Osborne and Barry Cunliffe

Print publication date: 2005

Print ISBN-13: 9780197263259

Published to British Academy Scholarship Online: January 2012

DOI: 10.5871/bacad/9780197263259.001.0001

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Urban Foundations? Colonial Settlement and Urbanization in the Western Mediterranean

Urban Foundations? Colonial Settlement and Urbanization in the Western Mediterranean

Chapter:
(p.143) 7 Urban Foundations? Colonial Settlement and Urbanization in the Western Mediterranean
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Mediterranean Urbanization 800-600 BC
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Peter Van Dommelen

Publisher:
British Academy
DOI:10.5871/bacad/9780197263259.003.0007

This chapter examines the relation between urbanization and colonial settlement in the western Mediterranean and evaluates whether the Mediterranean should be considered an urban region. It investigates the interconnection between urbanization and colonialism and analyses archaeological evidence for early colonial settlement, focusing on Greek colonization in South Italy and Sicily and the Phoenician presence on the Tyrrhenian islands and the Spanish south-east coast. The findings indicate that the urban fabric of many colonial foundations does not necessarily have to be understood in urban terms.

Keywords:   urbanization, colonial settlement, western Mediterranean, colonialism, South Italy, Sicily, Tyrrhenian islands, Greek colonization, Phoenicians

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