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The invention of racism in classical antiquity

Author: Benjamin H Isaac
Publisher: Princeton, N.J. : Princeton University Press, ©2004.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"This book refutes the common belief that the ancient Greeks and Romans harbored "ethnic and cultural," but not racial, prejudice. It does so by comprehensively tracing the intellectual origins of racism back to classical antiquity. Benjamin Isaac's systematic analysis of ancient social prejudices and stereotypes reveals that some of those represent prototypes of racism - or proto-racism - which in turn inspired the  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Benjamin H Isaac
ISBN: 0691116911 9780691116914 9780691125985 9781306063494 1306063493 0691125988
OCLC Number: 51942570
Awards: Short-listed for Choice Magazine Outstanding Reference/Academic Book Award 2004
Runner-up for Choice Magazine Outstanding Reference/Academic Book Award 2004
Description: xiv, 563 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: Superior and inferior peoples --
Conquest and imperialism --
Fears and suppression --
Greeks and the East --
Roman imperialism and the conquest of the East --
Phoenicians, Carthaginians, Syrians --
Egyptians --
Parthia/Persia --
Roman views of Greeks --
Mountaineers and plainsmen --
Gauls --
Germans --
Jews --
Ethnic prejudice, proto-racism, and imperialism in antiquity.
Responsibility: Benjamin Isaac.
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