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Title Ethnic Identity in Greek antiquity / Jonathan M. Hall.
Imprint Cambridge ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 1997.


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Description 1 online resource (xviii, 228 pages) : illustrations, maps
Series ACLS Humanities E-Book.
Bibliog. Includes bibliographical references (pages 190-212) and index.
Note Available only to authorized UTEP users.
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Subject Greece -- Ethnic relations.
Minorities -- Greece -- Ethnic identity.
Greece -- Civilization -- To 146 B.C.
To 146 B.C.
Genre Electronic books.
Contents 1. Phrasing the problem. Introduction. The Dorians in a 'sociology of knowledge' -- 2. The nature and expression of ethnicity: an anthropological view. The rise and fall of instrumentalism. Defining the ethnic group. The genesis and maintenance of ethnic groups. Summary -- 3. The discursive dimension of ethnic identity. Ethnic groups in ancient Greece. Myths of ethnic origins. The Athenians: Ionians or autochthons? Dorians and Herakleidai -- 4. Ethnography and genealogy: an Argolic case-study. The ethnic populations of the Argolid. The genealogies of the Argolid. Decoding the genealogical grammar. Staking the Heraklid claim. Ethnicity and cult: Hera, Herakles and the Herakleidai -- 5. Ethnicity and archaeology. Excavating the ethnic group.
Summary 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.
Other Title Print version: Hall, Jonathan M. Ethnic Identity in Greek antiquity. Cambridge ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 1997 052158017X