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Author Pettegrew, David K., author

Title The Isthmus of Corinth : crossroads of the Mediterranean world / David Pettegrew
Published Ann Arbor : University of Michigan Press, 2016


Description 1 online resource
Contents The Isthmos -- The Gate -- The Fetter -- The Portage -- The Bridge -- The Center -- The District
Summary "The narrow neck of Corinthian territory that joins the Peloponnese with the Greek mainland was central to the fortunes of the city of Corinth and the history of Greece in the Roman era. This situated Corinth well for monitoring land traffic both north and south, as between Athens and Sparta, and also sideways across the Isthmus, between the Gulf of Corinth to the west and the Aegean Sea to the east. David Pettegrew's new book investigates the Isthmus of Corinth from the Romans' initial presence in Greece during the Hellenistic era to the epic transformations of the Empire in late antiquity. A new interpretation of the extensive literary evidence outlines how the isthmus became the most famous land bridge of the ancient world, central to maritime interests of Corinth, and a medium for Rome's conquest, annexation, and administration in the Greek east. A fresh synthesis of archaeological evidence and the results of a recent intensive survey on the Isthmus describe the physical development of fortifications, settlements, harbors, roads, and sanctuaries in the region. The author includes chapters on the classical background of the concept isthmos, the sacking of Corinth and the defeat of the Achaean League, colonization in the Late Roman Republic, the Emperor Nero's canal project and its failure, and the shifting growth of the Roman settlement in the territory"--Publisher's website
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
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Subject Romans -- Greece -- Corinth Region -- History
HISTORY -- Ancient -- Greece.
SOCIAL SCIENCE -- Human Geography.
Mediterranean Region -- History -- To 476.
Greece -- History -- 146 B.C.-323 A.D.
Corinth Region (Greece) -- Antiquities
Corinth Region (Greece) -- Commerce -- History
Corinth Region (Greece) -- History, Naval
Corinth, Isthmus of (Greece) -- History
Corinth Region (Greece) -- History
Greece -- Corinth Region
Greece -- Isthmus of Corinth
Mediterranean Region
Genre/Form History
Naval history
Form Electronic book
LC no. 2016004188
ISBN 9780472121854