Colonial Encounters in Ancient Iberia: Phoenician, Greek, by Michael Dietler

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By Michael Dietler

During the 1st millennium BCE, complicated encounters of Phoenician and Greek colonists with natives of the Iberian Peninsula remodeled the zone and inspired the whole background of the Mediterranean.

One of the 1st books on those encounters to seem in English, this quantity brings jointly a multinational crew of individuals to discover old Iberia’s colonies and indigenous societies, in addition to the comparative research of colonialism. those scholars—from a number of disciplines together with classics, heritage, anthropology, and archaeology—address such themes as exchange and intake, altering city landscapes, cultural modifications, and the ways that those concerns performed out within the Greek and Phoenician imaginations. Situating old Iberia inside of Mediterranean colonial background and constructing a theoretical framework for coming near near encounters among colonists and natives, those reports exemplify the recent highbrow vistas opened by means of the engagement of colonial reports with Iberian history.

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As a number of anthropologists and postcolonial theorists have pointed out, the unintended consequence of the very process of applying a center-periphery model to recent history is that it serves to reproduce and perpetuate a hegemonic project in which Europe was able to defi ne itself as the center, the cultural and economic engine of world history. The subsequent uncritical projection of this concept into the Colonial Encounters in Iberia and the Western Mediterranean • 25 distant past serves to further naturalize this image by validating the etiological and teleological mythology of European ancestry.

Most of our modern analytical terms for treating such phenomena actually derive precisely from this ancient Mediterranean colonial encounter (as did a good part of the operational vocabulary of modern colonialism). However, the meanings of these words have been significantly transformed as they have been applied over the centuries to a variety of modern contexts and processes. Reapplying them uncritically to the seminal ancient context poses the danger of importing modern meanings into the past and implicitly rendering the ancient cases simply as variants, or prototypes, of the modern.

The answer to this question 34 • michael dietler demands that we look much more carefully at the particular things that were actually consumed and the specific ways they were consumed—that is, we must examine the specific properties and contexts of these objects and practices and try to understand the social and cultural logic of the desire for them and the social, economic, and political roles that their consumption played. It is also, of course, necessary to examine the counterphenomenon—that is, what might be called the logic of indifference and/or rejection.

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