By Jeremy McInerney
A spouse to Ethnicity within the historic Mediterranean provides a complete selection of essays contributed by way of Classical reviews students that discover questions with regards to ethnicity within the old Mediterranean world.
- Covers issues of ethnicity in civilizations starting from old Egypt and Israel, to Greece and Rome, and into overdue Antiquity
- Features state of the art learn on ethnicity in relation to Philistine, Etruscan, and Phoenician identities
- Reveals the specific relationships among old and smooth ethnicities
- Introduces an interpretation of ethnicity as an lively portion of social identity
- Represents a primary wondering of officially permitted and glued different types within the field
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Extra info for A companion to ethnicity in the ancient Mediterranean
Ethnology—Mediterranean Region. 2. Mediterranean Region—Ethnic identity. I. 004—dc23 A catalogue record for this book is available from the British Library. Cover image: Marble statue of Kneeling Gaul, Pergamon, 170 BC. Museo Archeologico Nazionale, Venice, reproduced by permission of Ministero dei beni e delle attività culturali e del turismo. Photo © The Art Archive / Alamy. Cover design by Workhaus Notes on Contributors Corinne Bonnet is professor of ancient history in the University of Toulouse and member of the Institut Universitaire de France.
His chapter notes the competing and divergent approaches to ethnicity taken by historians and archaeologists. Drawing on Homi Bhabha's notion of third space, Knapp once again emphasizes the negotiated quality of ethnic identities. A third contribution that places ethnicity within a broader conceptual framework is Thomas Hall's chapter on World-System Analysis (WSA). Based on the theoretical work of Immanuel Wallerstein, WSA is an attempt to explain the processes that sustain the functioning of self-contained systems.
The Gauls are afraid that the sky will fall on their heads, they are prone to drink (“vini avidum genus,” Amm. Marc. 4), and they are redoubtable warriors (“ad militandum omnis aetas aptissima,” Amm. Marc. 3). The tropes of ethnographic writing, endlessly repeated, produced a satisfyingly coherent picture of these noble savages. Whether it bore much relationship to reality hardly mattered. From Herodotus to Margaret Mead, the anthropologist distils the clumsy, inchoate phenomenon of the “Other” into a satisfactory, categorically distinct singularity: a “tribe,” preferably remarkable for its exotic physique, sexual habits, or food practices.
A companion to ethnicity in the ancient Mediterranean by Jeremy McInerney