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Rethinking the other in antiquity

Author: Erich S Gruen
Publisher: Princeton, N.J. : Princeton University Press, ©2011.
Series: Martin classical lectures (Unnumbered)
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Prevalent among classicists today is the notion that Greeks, Romans, and Jews enhanced their own self-perception by contrasting themselves with the so-called Other--Egyptians, Phoenicians, Ethiopians, Gauls, and other foreigners--frequently through hostile stereotypes, distortions, and caricature. Erich Gruen demonstrates how the ancients found connections rather than contrasts, how they expressed admiration for the  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Erich S Gruen
ISBN: 9780691148526 069114852X
OCLC Number: 587249146
Awards: Short-listed for Runciman Award 2012
Description: xiv, 415 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm.
Contents: Part I. Impressions of the "other". Persia in the Greek perception : Aeschylus and Herodotus ; Persia in the Greek perception : Xenophon and Alexander ; Egypt in the classical imagination ; Punica fides ; Caesar on the Gauls ; Tacitus on the Germans ; Tacitus and the defamation of the Jews ; People of color --
Part II. Connections with the "other". Foundation legends ; Fictitious kinships : Greeks and others ; Fictitious kinships : Jews and others ; Cultural interlockings and overlappings.
Series Title: Martin classical lectures (Unnumbered)
Responsibility: Erich S. Gruen.
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Shortlisted for the 2012 Runciman Award, Anglo-Hellenic League "[T]he range of research, and the depth of thought, are extraordinary. Gruen has taken on a massively important subject, and he has Read more...

 
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