Review Article

Interactions and –isations in the Aegean and beyond

Anthony Harding

Books reviewed

Barry P.C. Molloy (ed.). Of odysseys and oddities: scales and modes of interaction between prehistoric Aegean societies and their neighbours. 2016. vi+460 pages, numerous b&w illustrations. Oxford & Philadelphia (PA): Oxbow; 978-1-78570-231-0 paperback £38.
Evi Gorogianni, Peter Pavúk & Luca Girella (ed.). Beyond thalassocracies: understanding processes of Minoanisation and Mycenaeanisation in the Aegean. 2016. x+224 pages, numerous b&w illustrations. Oxford & Philadelphia (PA): Oxbow; 978-1-78570-203-7 hardback £45.


Connectivity in the ancient world has become a subject of such consuming interest in recent years that new publications on various aspects of the issue, pertaining to some area or period, appear with great regularity. Just in later European prehistory we have Continental connections: exploring cross-channel relationships (Anderson-Whymark et al. 2015), Exchange networks and local transformations (Alberti & Sabatini 2013) and Enclosed space—open society (Jaeger et al. 2012), to name but a few. One can hardly believe otherwise than that every part of the later prehistoric world was intimately involved, not only with its immediate neighbours but also with other areas near and far. Allied to this is the matter of colonialism and ‘post-colonial’ archaeology, with questions of hybridity, importation, local imitation and acculturation or adaptation; all these are things that loom large in these volumes and many others (e.g. Stockhammer 2012). The question of ‘-isations’, such as ‘Romanisation’, has been a concern of archaeologists for many years; here it is ‘-isations’ of the prehistoric Aegean world that are the focus of attention.


  • Anthony Harding
    Department of Archaeology, University of Exeter, Laver Building, North Park Road, Exeter EX4 4QE, UK (Email: a.f.harding [at]