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Mediterranean Antiquity

  • Peregrine Horden
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Abstract

Mediterranean antiquity has been an important site of twenty-first-century climate history. Scholars, including historians and archaeologists, have increasingly drawn on data from the archives of nature to supplement the limited written records of the region. Both periods of climate stability and periods of climate adversity could plausibly have influenced human history in the Mediterranean. However, both the climatic and historical evidence remains limited. Overly expansive interpretations of climate’s influence on Mediterranean antiquity overlook the role of societal adaptation and resilience, and risk falling into climate determinism.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Peregrine Horden
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  1. 1.Royal Holloway University of LondonLondonUK

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