The Greeks: A Portrait of Self and Others
Oxford University Press, 1993 - 232 pagina's
Who were the Classical Greeks? This is not an original question, but in this book it is given an original and challenging answer. Paul Cartledge examines the Greeks in terms of their own self-image, mainly as it was presented by the supposedly objective historians: Herodotus, Thucydides, and Xenephon. The Greeks were the inventors of history as we understand it, just as they were our cultural ancestors in so many other ways. Yet their historiography remained rooted in myth, and the mental and material context of many of the inventions for which we rightly treasure the Greek achievement--especially democracy, philosophy, and theater, as well as history--was often deeply alien to our own ways of thinking and acting. The aim of The Greeks is to explore that achievement. The book looks in depth at how the dominant Greeks--adult, male, citizen--sought, with limited success, to define themselves unambiguously in polar opposition to a whole series of "others"--non-Greeks, women, non-citizens, slaves, and gods.
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Us v Them
History v Myth
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1st pub addressee Aeschylus Agesilaos alien Alkmaionid ancient Greek Aristotle Aristotle's Athenian democracy Athens Athens's Attica barbarian Cartledge Chapter citizenship civic Classical Greek contemporary context Cyropaedia Cyrus Damaratos Darius democracy democratic despotism Dionysos discourse divine Egyptian ethnic fact female fiction fifth century Finley fourth century freedom G. E. R. Lloyd gender gods Greece Greek citizen Greek city Greek culture Greek political Greek world Greek-barbarian Hartog Hellenic Hellenica Helots Herodotean Herodotus historians historiography human ideological intellectual invention Khios King literally logos London Loraux Macedon male matter means modern moral myth nature nomos non-Greek normative oligarchic oral origin Oxford Paperbacks Pelasgians Peloponnesian Perikles Persian Debate Persian Empire Pharnabazus philosophical polar opposition polis politeia precisely Protagoras psukhe religion religious rule Scythian sense servile slavery slaves social Spartans speech stasis status theatre theory Thracian Thucydides tradition tragedy Vernant Vidal-Naquet women words Xenophon Xerxes Zeitlin
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