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The Greeks and us : a comparative anthropology of Ancient Greece

Author: Marcel Detienne; Janet Lloyd
Publisher: Cambridge, UK ; Malden, MA : Polity Press, ©2007.
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"In this new volume, the French historian Marcel Detienne focuses on Eurocentric approaches which have trumpeted the Greeks and their democratic practices as 'our' ancestors and the superiority of the Western tradition to which they gave rise. He argues that such approaches can be seen as narrow-minded and often covertly nationalistic. Detienne advocates what he calls 'comparative anthropology' which sets out to  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Detienne, Marcel.
Greeks and us.
Cambridge, UK ; Malden, MA : Polity Press, ©2007
(OCoLC)645916613
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Marcel Detienne; Janet Lloyd
ISBN: 0745639011 9780745639017 9780745639000 0745639003
OCLC Number: 148757258
Language Note: Translated from the French.
Notes: "First published in French in 2005 by Éditions Perrin as Les Grecs et nous"--Title page verso.
Description: xiii, 159 pages, [8] pages of plates : illustrations (some color) ; 23 cm
Contents: Doing anthropology with the Greeks --
From myth to mythology : from Native Americans to ancient Greeks --
Transcribing mythologies : from Japan and New Caledonia to the pontiffs of Rome --
The wide-open mouth of truth --
'Digging in' : from Oedipus of Thebes to modern national identities --
Comparabilities viewed from the vantage point of politics.
Other Titles: Grecs et nous.
Responsibility: Marcel Detienne ; translated by Janet Lloyd ; with a preface by Sir Geoffrey Lloyd.

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The human race is all too pre-disposed to think in terms of us and them. Europeans have always laid claim to the Ancient Greeks they are our Greeks, our ancestors but their legacy reaches further  Read more...

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