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Misreading Black Others in Greco-Roman Antiquity

  • Responding to studies on prejudice in the Greco-Roman world, E. Gruen argues that Greeks and Romans had more nuanced and complex opinions about foreigners than often recognized. G. observes that the Greek and Romans could discover or invent links with these other societies through cultural appropriations of the past. These connections, G. contends, show that the Greeks and Romans cannot be ‘blanketed’ with xenophobia, ethnocentrism, and “let alone racism” (p. 3). G. argues that the Greeks and Romans were more interested in drawing connections with the other through cultural appropriation. G. contends that this approach reveals a positive outlook which does not reject or degrade the foreign other.
  • Rezension zu: Erich S. Gruen, Rethinking the Other in Antiquity (Princeton 2011).

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Author:Tristan Samuels
Parent Title (German):FeRA : Frankfurter elektronische Rundschau zur Altertumskunde
Publisher:Inst. für Archäologische Wissenschaften
Place of publication:Frankfurt am Main
Document Type:Review
Year of Completion:2013
Year of first Publication:2013
Publishing Institution:Universitätsbibliothek Johann Christian Senckenberg
Release Date:2016/02/03
Page Number:4
First Page:39
Last Page:42
Institutes:Philosophie und Geschichtswissenschaften / Geschichtswissenschaften
Dewey Decimal Classification:9 Geschichte und Geografie / 93 Geschichte des Altertums (bis ca. 499), Archäologie / 930 Geschichte des Altertums bis ca. 499, Archäologie
Licence (German):License LogoDeutsches Urheberrecht