Kephallénia (with Ithaka) holds a rather anonymous position in the written history of Greece , and was always marginal to the Mediterranean development. The archaeology of Kephallénia - walled planned cities and all - has proved much richer than anticipated from earlier work on the island, and fills in the voids of the written sources.
Indeed, Kephallénia is a fine example of the interplay between the "little history" of local entities, materially defined and bound together in a regional patchwork, and the major forces, setting the larger stage, and being culturally dominant. Local society may seem a victim to such forces, but the latter were only successful for shorter periods at a time.
This is one of the lessons of traditional Mediterranean civilization. The contrast with the North-European homeland of the visiting archaeologists on Kephallénia is striking - steady growth millennia by millennia.
ACTA ARCHAELOGICA Vol. 73:1, 2
ACTA ARCHAEOLOGICA SUPPLEMENTA Vol. IV:1, 2 2002
KEPHALLÉNIA. ARCHAEOLOGY & HISTORTY.
The Ancient Greek Cities, Copenhagen , 2002, Blackwell Munksgaard
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