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Extra info for Archaic Greek culture : history, archaeology, art and museology : proceedings of the international Round-Table conference, June 2005, St-Petersburg, Russia
Indeed, in most of the south-eastern quadrant of the Iberian Peninsula (including Eastern Andalusia), Greek imports began in the second half of the 5th century and in most sites appeared for the ﬁrst time (Domínguez and Sánchez 2001, 171–458). Much more than in other regions of the Mediterranean, where Greek presence was stronger, in the Iberian Peninsula the existence and economic prosperity of the Greek cities were possible thanks to the interest of the local élites in Greek activities; for those élites, the Greeks were a way of gaining access to prestige goods that emphasised their power and supremacy among their peers.
Seemingly, this group ﬁts in with none of the reference groups for South Ionia, Middle Ionia, North Ionia, Aeolis and Rhodos, as in the case of the abovementioned group ‘Ionie du Sud 3’. In the same way, another important centre of manufacture, still unidentiﬁed and exclusively attested in the Black Sea 39 P. Dupont less distant away from one another, viz. Chios, North Ionia (Teos-Kolophon? ), Miletus, Ephesus, and yet Samos too. In the same manner, systematic appraisals would be needed for the other major units, viz.
Another of these settlements is probably Alonis, both town and island, according to Stephanus of Byzantium, which thanks to a Roman Itinerary, the Anonymous of Ravenna, we can locate around Santa Pola (Llobregat 1983, 225–42), in direct relation with the old lagoon area (Sinus Illicitanus), at the end of which there emerged the important native centre of Illici (Rouillard 1991, 303–6). but also in Eastern Andalusia: these sculptures possess a figurative and iconographic nature that undoubtedly harks back to Hellenic prototypes.