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Synoikism, Urbanization, and Empire in the Early Hellenistic Period

  • Author(s): Boehm, Ryan Anthony
  • Advisor(s): Mackil, Emily
  • et al.
Abstract

This project seeks to present a new approach to understanding the dynamic interaction between imperial powers and cities following the Macedonian conquest of Greece and Asia Minor. Rather than focusing on constructing a political narrative of the period, I consider the role of reshaping urban centers and regional landscapes in the creation of empire in Greece and western Asia Minor. This period was marked by the rapid creation of new cities, major settlement and demographic shifts and the reorganization, consolidation, or destruction of existing urban structures. I analyze the complexities of these phenomena across four frameworks: shifting settlement patterns, the regional and royal economy, civic religion, and the articulation of a new order in architectural and urban space.

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