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

By Eran Almagor,Joseph Skinner

Ethnographic writing has develop into all yet ubiquitous in recent times. even supposing now thought of a completely sleek and more and more fundamental box of research, Ethnography's roots pass the entire as far back as antiquity. This quantity brings jointly 11 unique essays exploring the broader highbrow and cultural milieux from which historic ethnography arose, its transformation and improvement in antiquity, and how during which nineteenth century receptions of ethnographic traditions contributed to shaping the fashionable learn of the traditional international. ultimately, it addresses the level to which some of these issues stay inextricably intertwined with transferring and infrequently 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 standard, wide-ranging, and experimental of their method of describing cultural distinction, this booklet encourages us to consider old ethnography in new and fascinating methods, highlighting the wealth of fabric to be had for examine and the complexities underpinning historic and glossy notions of what it intended to be Greek, Roman or 'barbarian'.

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