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Homer's Turk : How Classics Shaped Ideas of the East

Author: Jerry Toner
Publisher: Cambridge, Mass. : Harvard University Press, [2013] ©2013
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : EnglishView all editions and formats
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A seventeenth-century English traveler to the Eastern Mediterranean would have faced a problem in writing about this unfamiliar place: how to describe its inhabitants in a way his countrymen would understand? In an age when a European education meant mastering the Classical literature of Greece and Rome, he would naturally turn to touchstones like the Iliad to explain the exotic customs of Ottoman lands. His Turk
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Genre/Form: History
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Jerry Toner
ISBN: 9780674076280 0674076281
OCLC Number: 979574396
Language Note: In English.
Description: 1 online resource (320 pages) : illustrations
Contents: Frontmatter --
Contents --
Preface --
1 Classicizing Orientalisms --
2 The Uses of Classics --
3 Classics and Medieval Images of Islam --
4 Traders and Travelers --
5 Gibbon's Islam --
6 The Roman Raj --
7 Empires Ancient and Modern --
8 Colonial Adventures --
9 Screen Classics --
10 America Roma Nova --
Notes --
Index.
Responsibility: Jerry Toner.
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