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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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The Evacuee

The Evacuee

(p.99) 6 The Evacuee
Wandering Greeks

Robert Garland

Princeton University Press

This chapter explores the logistics of evacuation. The logistics of evacuating thousands of people in the lead-up to the outbreak of hostilities was one of the most challenging exercises a polis could undertake. Very often the decision would have been taken only in the teeth of great resistance by the inhabitants, many of whom would have found it impossible, at least initially, to conceive of a life elsewhere. Many families, faced with the need to make an immediate decision, must have found themselves riven by discord. Rarely, too, would an entire population have made it to safety. However, Greek historians give little attention to wartime evacuations, even though they must have been commonplace. Indeed, it may well be because they were so frequent that they provide only the briefest commentary.

Keywords:   evacuation, wartime evacuations, polis, hostilities

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