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The Mother of the Gods, Athens, and the Tyranny of AsiaA Study of Sovereignty in Ancient Religion$
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Mark Munn and Michael Rose

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780520243491

Published to California Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520243491.001.0001

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Asia, the Oikoumenē, and the Map of the World

Asia, the Oikoumenē, and the Map of the World

(p.178) Chapter 5 Asia, the Oikoumenē, and the Map of the World
The Mother of the Gods, Athens, and the Tyranny of Asia

Mark Munn

University of California Press

This chapter considers how the metaphysics of Asiatic kingship, or the ideology of tyranny, related to concepts of the physical world. The earliest Ionian maps of the world, attributed to the Milesians Anaximander and Hecataeus, described physical relationships between continents and seas at a time when the centers of sovereign power in Asia and in the Greek world were in flux. Geography, at this early date, was never far from cosmology, and both were related to ideologies of power. This investigation of the conceptual underpinnings of Ionian geography elucidates a number of symbolic events that accompanied the contest for world sovereignty between Lydia and Persia and between Persia and the Greeks, and that accompanied the attempt by Polycrates of Samos to establish sovereignty over the seas.

Keywords:   Persian empire, Greece, classical era, maps, Ionia, geography

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