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

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Hackett Publishing, 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

 

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Contents

Early Theories of Foreignness
3
Chapter 2 Genealogies and Origins
15
Chapter 3 Environmental Theories
35
Chapter 4 Genetic Theories
53
Chapter 5 Custom or Cultural Theories
65
The Peoples of the Ancient World
81
Chapter 6 The Inhabited World
83
Egypt
111
Judea and the Jewish Diaspora
243
Arabia
263
India China and the Edges of the World
273
The Black Sea Region
305
Gaul Germanyand Britain
341
About the Sources
389
Select Bibliography
393
Index
397

Libya Carthage and Numidia
141
Ethiopia and Beyond
179
Persia Media Babylonand Parthia
203
Back Cover
409
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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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