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Author Gruen, Erich S., author

Title Rethinking the other in antiquity / Erich S. Gruen
Published Princeton, New Jersey : Princeton University Press, [2011]
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Description 1 online resource (xiv, 415 pages) : illustrations
Series Martin classical lectures
Martin classical lectures (Unnumbered). New series.
Contents Cover -- Contents -- List of Illustrations -- Acknowledgments -- Introduction -- PART I. IMPRESSIONS OF THE "OTHER" -- CHAPTER ONE: Persia in the Greek Perception -- Aeschylus' Persae -- Herodotus -- Some Visual Representations -- CHAPTER TWO: Persia in the Greek Perception -- Xenophon's Cyropaedia -- Alexander and the Persians -- CHAPTER THREE: Egypt in the Classical Imagination -- Herodotus -- Diodorus -- Assorted Assessments -- Plutarch -- CHAPTER FOUR: Punica Fides -- The Hellenic Backdrop -- In the Shadow of the Punic Wars -- The Manipulation of the Image -- The Enhancement of the Image -- CHAPTER FIVE: Caesar on the Gauls -- Prior Portraits -- The Caesarian Rendering -- CHAPTER SIX: Tacitus on the Germans -- Germans and Romans -- Interpretatio Romana? -- CHAPTER SEVEN: Tacitus and the Defamation of the Jews -- The Question -- Tacitean Irony -- CHAPTER EIGHT: People of Color -- Textual Images -- Visual Images -- PART II. CONNECTIONS WITH THE "OTHER" -- CHAPTER NINE: Foundation Legends -- Foundation Tales as Cultural Thievery -- Pelops -- Danaus -- Cadmus -- Athenians and Pelasgians -- Rome, Troy, and Arcadia -- Israel's Fictive Founders -- CHAPTER TEN: Fictitious Kinships -- Perseus as Multiculturalist -- Athens and Egypt -- The Legend of Nectanebos -- Numidians and the Near East -- CHAPTER ELEVEN: Fictitious Kinships -- The Separatist Impression -- The Bible's Other Side -- Ishmaelites and Arabs -- Jews and Greeks as Kinsmen -- CHAPTER TWELVE: Cultural Interlockings and Overlappings -- Jews and Greeks as Philosophers -- Jewish Presentations of Gentiles -- Phoenicians and Greeks -- Roman Adaptation and Appropriation -- Conclusion -- Bibliography -- Index of Citations -- Subject Index -- A -- B -- C -- D -- E -- F -- G -- H -- I -- J -- K -- L -- M -- N -- O -- P -- Q -- R -- S -- T -- U -- V -- W -- X -- Y -- Z
Summary Prevalent among classicists today is the notion that Greeks, Romans, and Jews enhanced their own self-perception by contrasting themselves with the so-called Other--Egyptians, Phoenicians, Ethiopians, Gauls, and other foreigners--frequently through hostile stereotypes, distortions, and caricature. In this provocative book, Erich Gruen demonstrates how the ancients found connections rather than contrasts, how they expressed admiration for the achievements and principles of other societies, and how they discerned--and even invented--kinship relations and shared roots with diverse peoples. Gruen shows how the ancients incorporated the traditions of foreign nations, and imagined blood ties and associations with distant cultures through myth, legend, and fictive histories. He looks at a host of creative tales, including those describing the founding of Thebes by the Phoenician Cadmus, Rom's embrace of Trjoan and Arcadian origins, and Abraham as ancestor to the Spartans. Gruen gives in-depth readings of major texts by Aeschylus, Herodotus, Xenophon, Plutarch, Julius Caesar, Tacitus, and others, in addition to portions of the Hebrew Bible, revealing how they offer richly nuanced portraits of the alien that go well beyond stereotypes and caricature
Analysis Aliens Greece Public opinion History To 1500
Aliens Rome Public opinion History
Civilization, Classical
Culture conflict History
Greece Civilization To 146 B.C. Foreign influences
Greeks Attitudes History To 1500
Romans Attitudes History To 1500
Rome Civilization Foreign influences
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 359-384) and indexes
Notes Print version record
Subject Aliens -- Greece -- Public opinion -- History -- To 1500.
Aliens -- Rome -- Public opinion -- History.
Civilization, Classical.
Culture conflict -- History.
Greeks -- Attitudes -- History -- To 1500.
Romans -- Attitudes -- History -- To 1500.
Greece -- Civilization -- To 146 B.C. -- Foreign influences.
Rome -- Civilization -- Foreign influences.
Genre/Form History.
Form Electronic book
LC no. 2010014739
ISBN 1282936492
1400836557 (electronic bk.)
9781400836550 (electronic bk.)