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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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Mainake: the Legend and the New Archaeological Evidence

Mainake: the Legend and the New Archaeological Evidence

(p.187) 9 Mainake: the Legend and the New Archaeological Evidence
Mediterranean Urbanization 800-600 BC

Maria Eugenia Aubet

British Academy

This chapter re-examines the location of the legendary city of Mainake. The main source of information about Mainake is the fourth-century poem Ora Maritima and the older anonymous text concerning a periplous. These sources contradict the findings of archaeological studies. This chapter suggests that if it is to be accepted that Mainake was ancient Malaka, and geo-archaeological evidence taken into consideration, then there would be two stages in the socio-political and urban formation of one and the same city. The earliest or colonial stage would be situated on the islet of Villar, while the other on the mainland, in the cover of Malaga.

Keywords:   Mainake, Ora Maritima, periplous, Malaka, urban formation, islet of Villar, Malaga

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