Topography and History of Ancient Epicnemidian Locris


This book presents the results of a major project carried out by a team from the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid and the 14th Ephorate of Prehistoric and Classical Antiquities at Lamia. The book gives a full picture of a extensive area of Greece known as Epicnemidian Locris, on which very little has been studied and published in the past. Its relevance in historical times was due to its natural environment and mainly on the pass at Thermopylae, which marked the physical boundary between central/northern Greece and the south, being the scene of repeated conflicts. The book offers a a complete picture of what Epicnemidian Locris was like in the past: its geography, topography, frontiers and the ancient settlements of the region.

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José Pascual, Ph.D. (1993), Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, is Professor of Ancient History at that university. He has published monographs and many articles on Ancient Greek History, including Greece in the Fourth century B.C. From Spartan imperialism to the death of Philip of Macedon (in Spanish, 1997).

Maria-Foteini Papakonstantinou is Director of the 14th Ephorate of Prehistoric and Classical Antiquities and Deputy of the 24th Ephorate of Byzantine Antiquities of the Greek Ministry of Culture. She has published many articles on the Archaeology of Central Greece and has excavated, for example, the Asclepieion of Daphnus.

Contributors: Manuel Arjona, Carlos Arteaga, Francisco Arteaga-Manjón-Cabeza, Sofia Dimaki, Adolfo J.Domínguez, Rosario García, Juan Antonio González, Efi Karantzali, Nina Kyparissi – Apostolika, José Pascual, Maria-Foteini Papakonstantinou, Soledad Milán, Maria Morán, Anna Myslowska, Jorge J.Moreno, Ignacio M. Pascual Valderrama, Eduardo Sánchez-Moreno and George Zachos.
" [C]et ouvrage collectif d'une grande qualité constitue une bonne synthèse de l'état de la recherche sur une région injustement délaissée. Son caractère exhaustif et scientifiquement solide ne peut que l'imposer comme point de départ de toute étude future sur la Locride orientale et intéressera au-delà tous les chercheurs concernés par la géographie historique ou les prospections de surface." Nicolas Kyriakidis, Bryn Mawr Classical Review 2015.04.15.
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N. Kyparissi-Apostolika



CHAPTER ONE. The Natural Landscape of Epicnemidian Locris: The Historical Conditions of Its Physical Environment
J. A. González, C. Arteaga, F. Arteaga-Manjón-Cabeza, M. Arjona and R. García


CHAPTER TWO. The Ancient Topography of the Epicnemidian Locris
J. Pascual

CHAPTER THREE. The Dipotamos Valley and the “Phocian Corridor”
M. Papakonstantinou and G. Zachos

CHAPTER FOUR. The necropoleis of Epicnemidian Locris and Dipotamos Valley
M. Papakonstantinou and E. Karantzali

CHAPTER FIVE. The Fortifications of Epicnemidian Locris
S. Milán

CHAPTER SIX. Communication Routes in and around Epicnemidian Locris
E. Sánchez-Moreno

CHAPTER SEVEN. Mountain Passes in Epicnemidian Locris
E. Sánchez-Moreno

CHAPTER EIGHT. Θάλαττα Λοκρῶν: plying the sea of the Locrians
M. Arjona


CHAPTER NINE. From Neolithic to Late Helladic
S. Dimaki

CHAPTER TEN. Early settlement and configuration of the Archaic poleis
A. J. Domínguez Monedero

CHAPTER ELEVEN. The Late Archaic Period
A.J. Domínguez Monedero

CHAPTER TWELVE. The Classical Period (480-323)
J. Pascual

CHAPTER THIRTEEN. The Hellenistic Period (323-146)
J.J. Moreno Hernández and I. M. Pascual Valderrama

CHAPTER FOURTEEN. The Roman Period from 146 BC to Justinian
G. Zachos

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