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By Jeremy McInerney

A better half to Ethnicity within the historic Mediterranean provides a finished selection of essays contributed via Classical experiences students that discover questions in terms of ethnicity within the historical Mediterranean world.

  • Covers issues of ethnicity in civilizations starting from historical Egypt and Israel, to Greece and Rome, and into past due Antiquity
  • Features state of the art examine on ethnicity in relation to Philistine, Etruscan, and Phoenician identities
  • Reveals the categorical relationships among historic and smooth ethnicities
  • Introduces an interpretation of ethnicity as an energetic section of social identity
  • Represents a basic wondering of officially authorized and stuck different types within the field

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Erich S. Gruen is Gladys Rehard Wood Professor of History and Classics, Emeritus, at the University of California, Berkeley. He is former chair of the Graduate Group in Ancient History and Mediterranean Archaeology, and former chair of the Program in Jewish Studies. Recent publications include Cultural Identity in the Ancient Mediterranean (ed. 2011), and Rethinking the Other in Antiquity (2011). , is vice president of the Institute of Archaeomythology, California, and director of its European branch in Finland.

Gruen is Gladys Rehard Wood Professor of History and Classics, Emeritus, at the University of California, Berkeley. He is former chair of the Graduate Group in Ancient History and Mediterranean Archaeology, and former chair of the Program in Jewish Studies. Recent publications include Cultural Identity in the Ancient Mediterranean (ed. 2011), and Rethinking the Other in Antiquity (2011). , is vice president of the Institute of Archaeomythology, California, and director of its European branch in Finland.

From Herodotus to Margaret Mead, the anthropologist distils the clumsy, inchoate phenomenon of the “Other” into a satisfactory, categorically distinct singularity: a “tribe,” preferably remarkable for its exotic physique, sexual habits, or food practices. In such a discursive engagement through description, “ethnicity” is not just legitimate but necessary, since it is no less than the observer's tool for describing to his audience what we no longer are. Thus, Herodotus describes the murderous Scythians who lived on the edges of the Black Sea, killing shipwrecked Greeks and adorning their houses with the skulls of their unlucky victims.

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