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Wandering GreeksThe Ancient Greek Diaspora from the Age of Homer to the Death of Alexander the Great$
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Robert Garland

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780691161051

Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: October 2017

DOI: 10.23943/princeton/9780691161051.001.0001

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(p.197) Conclusions
Wandering Greeks

Robert Garland

Princeton University Press

This concluding chapter argues that the brilliance of Greek civilization was predicated in part upon the shiftlessness of its population. Being Greek meant facing the prospect of being displaced at some point in one's life without any certainty of return. When compelled to do so, the Greeks were fully capable of putting their roofs on their backs and moving an entire population elsewhere. It was also the case that the mobility of the Greeks, and the spirit of adaptability that this bred inside them, encouraged the construction of panhellenic institutions and fostered cultural homogeneity. Greece, in sum, was a civilization of displaced persons.

Keywords:   Greek civilization, mobility, adaptability, panhellenic institutions, cultural homogeneity, displaced persons

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