Gods, Slaves, Goats and Pirates in the Aegean Islands. Insular Life and Inter-island Connectivity in the Classical and Hellenistic Periods
The lecture will explore some little-known stories of island connectivity from the Classical and early Hellenistic Aegean. The presence of many islands is a dominant feature of the Aegean Sea. The geographical landscape of the Cyclades, in particular, created the necessary context for increased maritime traffic throughout classical antiquity. Contrary to literary sources, which normally reflect elite points of view, inscriptions often reveal everyday stories about the people living in the insular landscape of Aegean Greece. I shall look at specific inscriptions that display maritime mobility and inter-island traffic between neighbouring islands in the Cyclades. These inscriptions speak of gods, slaves, goats, and pirates, all moving between islands.