11. Intra and Inter-island Connectivity in the Balearic Islands in Antiquity

Local Experiences of Connectivity and Mobility in the Ancient West-Central Mediterranean - Linda R. Gosner

Catalina Mas Florit [+-]
University of Barcelona
Catalina Mas Florit is Associate Professor of Classical and Late Antique Archaeology in the Department of History and Archaeology at the University of Barcelona. Her research examines the transformation of landscapes with particular interests in island systems and rural areas in the Western Mediterranean. She is co-director of the excavations at the Roman city of Pollentia (Mallorca) and the Roman villa of Llorís (Catalonia). She co-edited the book (with M.A. Cau), Change and Resilience. The Occupation of Mediterranean Islands in Late Antiquity (2019) and published La transformación del mundo rural en la isla de Mallorca durante la Antigüedad tardía (c. 300-902/903 d.C.) (2021).

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The Balearic Islands lie in a strategic position for navigation and trade in the western Mediterranean, as was recognized by ancient populations of the Mediterranean basin. Over the centuries, maritime routes have facilitated the movement of goods, people, and ideas between the Balearics Islands and other territories. This paper offers an overview of how contact between Balearic society and different Mediterranean powers from the Roman period to the end of antiquity resulted in a series of transformations of local communities, settlement patterns, and landscapes. Another section of the paper is focused on how Christianity transformed landscapes, settlement patterns, beliefs, and mindscapes of local society. The role of maritime and terrestrial routes in the Christianization process and the agency of monastic communities within Mediterranean trade and the redistribution of goods to local communities are also addressed.

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Florit, Catalina. 11. Intra and Inter-island Connectivity in the Balearic Islands in Antiquity. Local Experiences of Connectivity and Mobility in the Ancient West-Central Mediterranean. Equinox eBooks Publishing, United Kingdom. Jan 2024. ISBN 9781000000000. https://www.equinoxpub.com/home/view-chapter/?id=44213. Date accessed: 26 Jun 2022 doi: 10.1558/equinox.44213. Jan 2024

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