'Luraghi draws an interesting and detailed picture of the construction of the ethnic identity of the ancient Messenians throughout the centuries from the Bronze Age to the Imperial era.' Arctos
Traces the history of Messenian ethnicity from the archaic period to the Roman Empire. Once Messenia became independent from Sparta, its inhabitants reinvented their past history. Using archaeological and literary evidence, this 2008 book investigates the recreation of the past and its implications for the ethnic memory of the Messenians.