Ethnic Identity in Greek Antiquity
In this book Jonathan Hall seeks to demonstrate that the ethnic groups of ancient Greece, like many ethnic groups throughout the world today, were not ultimately racial, linguistic, religious or cultural groups, but social groups whose 'origins' in extraneous territories were just as often imagined as they were real. Adopting an explicitly anthropological point of view, he examines the evidence of literature, archaeology and linguistics to elucidate the nature of ethnic identity in ancient Greece. Rather than treating Greek ethnic groups as 'natural' or 'essential' - let alone 'racial' - entities, he emphasises the active, constructive and dynamic role of ethnography, genealogy, material culture and language in shaping ethnic consciousness. An introductory chapter outlines the history of the study of ethnicity in Greek antiquity.
What people are saying - Write a review
We haven't found any reviews in the usual places.
Other editions - View all
according active Akhaians already ancestors ancient antiquity Apollo appear approach archaeological areas Argive plain Argolic Argolid Argos argued arrival associated Athenian Athens attempt attested attributed Bronze Age burials Cambridge central century chapter cist cities claims common construction cult culture defined descent described dialects distinct Dorians Doric Dryopes early eastern ethnic groups ethnic identity evidence example existence explain fact figures forms genealogy graves Greece Greek Hall hand Hellenic Hera Herakleidai Herakles hero Herodotos historical Homer identify important individual inscriptions instance Ionian island Italy king Lakonian language Late linguistic literary London material means Messenia migration Mycenaean Mykenai myth nature noted origins Paris particularly Pausanias Peloponnese period Persian population practice reason refer regard region represent result sanctuary served shared significant similar situated social social identity Sparta style suggest Thoukydides tion Tiryns traced tradition West