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Title: Reassessing Syracusan 'Colonisation' in Archaic-Period South-Eastern Sicily
Author(s): LANCASTER, Jerrad
Journal: Ancient West & East
Volume: 21    Date: 2022   
Pages: 61-88
DOI: 10.2143/AWE.21.0.3291138

Abstract :
The expansion of Syracuse across south-eastern Sicily in the Archaic period has long been placed within the historiographic construct of colonisation. This construct contains domination-based ideologies through militaristic means. Recent evidence re-analysed within post-colonial methodologies provides new avenues in which the expansion of Syracuse can be realised. Overall, Syracuse established its settlements in strategic areas to limit the incursion of other Greek settlements, while claiming more land and developing trade routes with which to gain wealth and socio-political power. This was accomplished, in part, through peaceful relations with its Sicilian neighbours.

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