Review of Malkin, “A Small Greek World: Networks in the Ancient Mediterranean”

A Small Greek World Networks in the Ancient Mediterranean Irad Malkin OUP USA 304 pages | 21 illustrations | 235x156mm 978-0-19-973481-8 | Hardback | 24 November 2011 Price: £40.00 http://ukcatalogue.oup.com/product/9780199734818.do I was excited to obtain this book. Unfortunately, this is a book about social network analysis in antiquity that does not, in point of fact, contain any social network analysis. Rather, Malkin uses concepts drawn from networks and theories of evolving networks as metaphors to reframe centre-periphery arguments about the emergence of the Greek world around the Mediterranean as a ‘small world’. There is much that is good with this book, … Continue reading Review of Malkin, “A Small Greek World: Networks in the Ancient Mediterranean”