Greeks and indigenous people in Archaic Sicily: methodological considerations of material culture and identity

Holger Baitinger, Tamar Hodos

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Abstract

This article deals with methodological considerations of material culture and identity, using primarily evidence from Archaic Sicily, where Greeks and indigenous peoples interacted closely at this time. Identities are complex and multilayered and not easy to identify using only material culture, with its inherently ambivalent character. Therefore additional sources and methods (natural sciences, literary and visual sources) are necessary to detect »identity markers« which have left their traces of social life. In this chapter we explore briefly changes in interpretations regarding the relationship between social identities and material culture in the spheres of writing, architecture, art, coinage, and religious practices.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationMaterielle Kultur und Identität im Spannungsfeld zwischen mediterraner Welt und Mitteleuropa
Subtitle of host publicationAkten der Internationalen Tagung Mainz, 22.-24. Oktober 2014
EditorsHolger Baitinger
Place of PublicationMainz
PublisherRGZM Tagungen
Pages15-31
Number of pages17
ISBN (Print)9783884672624
Publication statusPublished - 22 Oct 2016

Publication series

NameRGZM Tagungen
PublisherVerlag des Römisch-Germanischen Zentralmuseums
Volume27
ISSN (Print)1862-4812

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    Baitinger, H., & Hodos, T. (2016). Greeks and indigenous people in Archaic Sicily: methodological considerations of material culture and identity. In H. Baitinger (Ed.), Materielle Kultur und Identität im Spannungsfeld zwischen mediterraner Welt und Mitteleuropa: Akten der Internationalen Tagung Mainz, 22.-24. Oktober 2014 (pp. 15-31). (RGZM Tagungen; Vol. 27). RGZM Tagungen.