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    DescriptionWhy did the Greeks claim to be superior to their neighbors and yet record, rightly or wrongly, that the founders of some of their most important cities were foreigners from the Near East? Can we find similar ethnocentric representations of outsiders in the literature of the other great literate civilization of the Ancient World, Early China? How do the Greek and Chinese representations of the foreigner differ? These questions are examined in a comparative analysis of Archaic/Classical Greek and Early Chinese historical and ethnographic sources, in particular the 'Histories' of Herodotus and the 'Shiji' of Sima Qian. The author argues that Greece was an integral part of the wider Eastern Mediterranean and Near Eastern civilization and that this had a major impact on the ways in which the Greeks chose to represent foreigners in their literature. He also shows that the Ancient Chinese of the Han dynasty were as assertive as the Greeks in claiming their ethnic superiority over non-Chinese, but concludes that, although the two cultures shared the same breadth and variety of prejudices towards outsiders, they chose to emphasize different categories of differentiation.


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    Title
    Ethnicity and Foreigners in Ancient Greece and China
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Hyunjin Kim
    Physical properties
    Format: Hardback
    Number of pages: 224
    Width: 156 mm
    Height: 234 mm
    Thickness: 25 mm
    Weight: 522 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780715638071
    ISBN 10: 0715638076
    Classifications

    B&T Book Type: NF
    BIC geographical qualifier V2: 1QDAE
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T5.1
    BIC E4L: HIS
    BIC geographical qualifier V2: 1FPC
    BIC subject category V2: HBLA
    B&T Merchandise Category: TXT
    B&T Modifier: Region of Publication: 03
    B&T Modifier: Subject Development: 40, 01
    B&T Modifier: Geographic Designator: 05
    Libri: I-HP
    Ingram Subject Code: HP
    B&T General Subject: 431
    Ingram Theme: CHRN/ANCIEN, CULT/GREECE
    BISAC V2.8: HIS008000
    Ingram Theme: CULT/CHINES
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 15540
    Abridged Dewey: 938
    B&T Modifier: Geographic Designator: 37
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 02
    BISAC V2.8: HIS002010, LIT004190
    BIC subject category V2: 1FPC
    LC classification: DF
    BIC subject category V2: 1QDAE
    DC22: 949.5, 305.906910931
    BISAC region code: 1.7.3.0.0.0.0
    Thema V1.0: DSBB, DB, NHD, NHF, NHC
    Thema geographical qualifier V1.0: 1FPC, 1QBAE
    Publisher
    Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
    Imprint name
    Gerald Duckworth & Co Ltd
    Publication date
    30 August 2009
    Publication City/Country
    London
    Author Information
    Hyun Jin Kim took his DPhil at Oxford and is now University of Sydney Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the Department of Classics and Ancient History.