This book brings together recent developments in modern migration theory, a wide range of sources, new and old tools revisited (from GIS to epigraphic studies, from stable isotope analysis to the study of literary sources) and case studies from the ancient eastern Mediterranean that illustrate how new theories and techniques are helping to give a better understanding of migratory flows and diaspora communities in the ancient Near East. A geographical gap has emerged in studies of historical migration as recent works have focused on migration and mobility in the western part of the Roman Empire and thus fail to bring a significant contribution to the study of diaspora communities in the eastern Mediterranean. Bridging this gap represents a major scholarly desideratum, and, by drawing upon the experiences of previously neglected migrant and diaspora communities in the eastern Mediterranean from the Hellenistic period to the early mediaeval world, this collection of essays approaches migration studies with new perspectives and methodologies, shedding light not only on the study of migrants in the ancient world, but also on broader issues concerning the rationale for mobility and the creation and features of diaspora identities.

chapter |11 pages

An introductory essay

ByCaroline Barron, Andrea Zerbini, Justin Yoo

part I|28 pages

Migration theory and historiography

chapter 1|11 pages

Mobility in the Roman world

New concepts, new perspectives
ByClaudia Moatti

chapter 2|15 pages

Language, identity and migrant communities

Cyrenaeans in Hellenistic Egypt
ByRachel Mairs

part II|81 pages

Documenting migrant flows

chapter 3|27 pages

Inscribing Near Eastern mobility in the Hellenistic and Roman periods 1

ByL. E. Tacoma, R. A. Tybout

chapter 4|17 pages

Migration in Late Antiquity

Stories from Syria
ByAndrea U. De Giorgi

chapter 5|17 pages

The presentation of migration and mobility in Strabo’s Mesopotamia

ByHamish Cameron

chapter 6|18 pages

Mapping the Jewish communities of the Byzantine Empire using GIS

ByGethin Rees, Nicholas de Lange, Alexander Panayotov

part III|48 pages

Migration and physical anthropology

chapter 7|28 pages

Stable isotope analysis and human migration in the ancient Mediterranean and Near East

ByTracy Prowse, Robert Stark, Matthew Emery

chapter 8|18 pages

Anatomy of restlessness

Strontium isotopes and human migration in the Graeco-Roman Near East
ByMegan A. Perry

part IV|91 pages

Migrant identities

chapter 9|24 pages

A long way from home

Meshworks of migration, memory and emotion in the Roman Empire
ByAnna Collar

chapter 10|25 pages

Pots on the border

Ceramics, identity and mobility in Northern Mesopotamia between Rome and the East
ByRocco Palermo

chapter 11|22 pages

Migration to and within Palestine in the early Islamic period

Two archaeological paradigms
ByItamar Taxel

chapter 12|18 pages

‘Maugré li Polein’

European migration to the Latin East and the construction of an oriental identity in the Crusader States
ByJan Vandeburie

part V|15 pages


chapter 13|13 pages

Making ancient mobility visible

ByElena Isayev