Chios: Island and polis in the Archaic and Classical periods
Epichoric histories aim to interpret localised phenomena and ask questions about specific places or people rather than establish generalised trends. Epichoric histories include studies of regions such as Phokis (McInerney 1999) or Laconia (Cartledge 2002), individual poleis such as Corinth (Salmon 1984), Elis (Bourke 2018), or Miletus (Greaves 2002), and islands such as Samos (Shipley 1987) or Aegina (Figueira 1981), as well as numerous discrete papers. This study examines the island and polis of Chios through the Archaic and Classical periods. It draws on literary, archaeological, epigraphic, and numismatic evidence and employs theoretical and methodological approaches consistent with the corpus of epichoric studies. As the final oral presentation for Lachlan’s PhD program, this seminar will outline the thesis, including the research gap, evidence, methodological and theoretical approaches, and chapter content. It will then provide a brief case study of how a cohesive understanding of Chios helps us better understand and interpret historical events.