Indigenous identities in Punic western Sicily [electronic resource].

Modrall, Emily B.
359 p.
History, Ancient
Classical literature
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This dissertation addresses evidence for the populations of inland western Sicily between the early fifth century and the mid-third century BCE. Contextualizing this historically indigenous area within the wider region of western Sicily, it assembles evidence for inland populations in a period of rapid political change, focusing in particular on the period of Punic control of western Sicily. It tests the premise of continuity among inland groups in this period primarily through an archaeological approach that revalues and reevaluates disparate bodies of material evidence that are frequently overlooked. The introduction identities trends and weaknesses in archaeological and historical discourse on Classical and Punic-Hellenistic western Sicily. The first chapter examines descriptions of inland centers and Elymian and Sikan ethno-political groups in the texts of Thucydides and Diodorus Siculus; they suggest that these identities were important to modes of social contact between indigenous, Greek and Phoenicio-Punic groups in western Sicily. The second chapter sets out evidence generated by archaeological survey and excavation for nucleated and rural populations in coastal and inland areas alike in the fifth through early third centuries. Teasing out patterns from this broad survey, the third chapter revisits the popular model of fifth-century demographic collapse in indigenous western Sicily. This reassessment proposes a different view of local and regional economic and demographic changes that result in low visibility of human activity region-wide from around the second quarter of the fifth century. The fourth chapter addresses material evidence for inland populations in the period of Punic control, from 409 to 264 BCE. It presents a thematic assessment of bodies of material through which a nuanced picture of change and continuity emerges. In conclusion, based upon evidence for the maintenance of certain traditions and patterns among inland populations, this project offers an argument for a higher degree of demographic continuity among indigenous inland populations in western Sicily than has commonly been assumed, which, in turns, speaks to persisting collective identities. In so doing, it aims to contribute a new perspective to indigenous archaeology in western Sicily, and to a clearer picture of the qualities and history of the Punic period.
Source: Dissertation Abstracts International, Volume: 72-09, Section: A, page: 3342.
Adviser: Jeremy McInerney.
Thesis (Ph.D.)--University of Pennsylvania, 2011.
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University of Pennsylvania.
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