Ethnic Identity in Greek Antiquity

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Cambridge University Press, Jun 26, 2000 - History - 228 pages
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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.
 

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Contents

Phrasing the problem
1
an anthropological view
17
The discursive dimension of ethnic identity
34
an Argolic casestudy
67
Ethnicity and archaeology m
111
Ethnicity and linguistics
143
Conclusion
182
Chronological table of authors cited in the text
188
Index
213
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