Race and Ethnicity in the Classical World: An Anthology of Primary Sources in Translation

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Hackett Publishing Company, Sep 1, 2013 - History - 432 pages

"This collection of translated excerpts from Greek and Latin authors, from the 8th c. BCE to the 3rd c. CE, brings together a wide range of texts, chosen from historians, epic poets, geographers, medical writers, satirists and others, marvelously illustrating the curiosity of Greeks and Romans about 'race' and 'ethnicity,' self and other. Since for ancient Greeks and Romans one essential element of identity and difference was customs, we learn a lot from these texts about sex and marriage, funerals, and warfare in the Mediterranean and surrounding lands. But the ancient authors also featured banalities such as clothing, horse bits, cooking, and even trash talking. The translations are fresh, accurate, and accessible. . . . In a brisk and smart Introduction [the editors] point out the absence of fixed words for race and ethnicity in classical antiquity even as they provide some good references for exploring the complexity of these modern concepts." --Mary T. Boatwright, Duke University

About the author (2013)

Rebecca Futo Kennedy is Assistant Professor of Classics, Denison University. C. Sydnor Roy is Visiting Assistant Professor of Classics, Haverford College. Max L. Goldman is Senior Lecturer, Vanderbilt University.

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