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date: 18 November 2019

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This article describes maritime identities. The sea is a standpoint offering a neglected perspective on ancient Greek life, neglected partly because it symbolized for the city dwellers who dominate the evidence the threat of the foreign: a means of travel, yet a means that presented a constant danger to life and liberty. It has played a key role in shaping the physical and cultural identity of Greece over millennia. In the field of Hellenic studies, the impact of the sea on the culture of Greece has been investigated from several angles, and particular attention has been paid to seafaring, trade, and warfare.

Keywords: sea travelers, ancient Greek life, Hellenic studies, cultural identity

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