Ancient Ethnography: New Approaches by Eran Almagor,Joseph Skinner PDF

By Eran Almagor,Joseph Skinner

ISBN-10: 1474234763

ISBN-13: 9781474234764

ISBN-10: 1849668906

ISBN-13: 9781849668903

Ethnographic writing has turn into all yet ubiquitous in recent times. even supposing now thought of a completely smooth and more and more critical box of analysis, Ethnography's roots pass all of the as far back as antiquity. This quantity brings jointly 11 unique essays exploring the broader highbrow and cultural milieux from which old ethnography arose, its transformation and improvement in antiquity, and how during which nineteenth century receptions of ethnographic traditions assisted in shaping the fashionable learn of the traditional global. ultimately, it addresses the level to which these kinds of topics stay inextricably intertwined with transferring and sometimes hugely contested notions of tradition, strength and id. Its chapters take care of the origins of the time period 'barbarian', the function of ethnography in Tacitus' Germania, Plutarch's Lives, Xenophon's Anabasis, and Athenaeus' Deipnosophistae, Herodotean storytelling, Henry and George Rawlinson, and Megasthenes' treatise on India.

At a time whilst glossy ethnographies have gotten more and more typical, wide-ranging, and experimental of their method of describing cultural distinction, this publication encourages us to contemplate historic ethnography in new and fascinating methods, highlighting the wealth of fabric to be had for learn and the complexities underpinning old and sleek notions of what it intended to be Greek, Roman or 'barbarian'.

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