"Hellenization" and Southern Phoenicia: Reconsidering the Impact of Greece Before Alexander
ProQuest, 2007 - 424 pages
The term "Hellenization" signals the existence of a phenomenon or process in which a culture that is not Greek might become more Greek. A "Hellenized" culture, by implication, is one that is as close to a Greek one as possible but is still, at its core, somehow not identical. This study shows how a reconsideration of the idea of Hellenization does not concern only the (allegedly) Hellenized---in this case, the region of southern Phoenicia and, particularly, the site of Tel Dor (Israel)---but also our perceptions of the constituents of the "source": Greece, the Greeks and Greek (material) culture. The term "Hellenization" is shown to be an insufficient descriptor of the outcome of Greek-Phoenician contact, allowing for the consideration of other possible outcomes and scenarios.
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