Emporion

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-51726-1_932-2

Introduction

An emporion, usually translated into English as commercial settlement, trading post, or port-of-trade, was a location where commercial exchange took place. Archaic and classical sources name 24 Greek emporia and Hellenistic and Roman sources mention over 100 different sites that they call emporia. The sites can be found throughout the Mediterranean basin and the Black Sea region. Ancient sources do not provide a great deal of information on what emporia were and few named emporia have been excavated extensively. Consequently, it has been difficult to define the term “emporion.”

Definition

The most comprehensive analysis thus far compares the language ancient sources used to describe emporia with what we know about these settlements from other literary, epigraphic, and archaeological sources (Hansen 2006). This interdisciplinary approach has shown that an emporion was a coastal location where commercial exchange took place in self-governing poleis(city-states). When...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of HistoryUniversity of California, San DiegoLa JollaUSA

Section editors and affiliations

  • Jeffrey A. Becker
    • 1
  • Alison Barclay
    • 2
  1. 1.Dept. of Classical and Near Eastern StudiesBinghamton University - SUNYBinghamtonUSA
  2. 2.Department of Modern Languages and ClassicsSaint Mary's UniversityHalifaxCanada