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    DescriptionThis book provides an original and challenging answer to the question: 'Who were the Classical Greeks?' Paul Cartledge - 'one of the most theoretically alert, widely read and prolific of contemporary ancient historians' (TLS) - here examines the Greeks and their achievements in terms of their own self-image, mainly as it was presented by the supposedly objective historians: Herodotus, Thucydides, and Xenophon. Many of our modern concepts as we understand them were invented by the Greeks: for example, democracy, theatre, philosophy, and history. Yet despite being our cultural ancestors in many ways, their legacy remains rooted in myth and the mental and material contexts of many of their achievements are deeply alien to our own ways of thinking and acting. The Greeks aims to explore in depth how the dominant group (adult, male, citizen) attempted, with limited success, to define themselves unambiguously in polar opposition to a whole series of 'Others' - non-Greeks, women, non-citizens, slaves and gods. This new edition contains an updated bibliography, a new chapter entitled 'Entr'acte: Others in Images and Images of Others', and a new afterword.


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    Title
    The Greeks
    Subtitle
    A Portrait of Self and Others
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Paul Cartledge
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 288
    Width: 127 mm
    Height: 195 mm
    Thickness: 19 mm
    Weight: 224 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780192803887
    ISBN 10: 0192803883
    Classifications

    B&T Book Type: NF
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T5.1
    BIC E4L: HIS
    BIC subject category V2: JFC, HBJD, HBLA
    BIC time period qualifier V2: 3D
    B&T Modifier: Region of Publication: 03
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 01
    B&T Modifier: Subject Development: 01
    BIC geographical qualifier V2: 1QDAG
    DC21: 938
    B&T Modifier: Geographic Designator: 05
    BIC subject category V2: HPCA
    Ingram Subject Code: HP
    B&T General Subject: 431
    Ingram Theme: CHRN/ANCIEN, CULT/GREECE
    Abridged Dewey: 938
    LC subject heading:
    B&T Modifier: Geographic Designator: 37
    DC22: 938
    LC subject heading:
    B&T Merchandise Category: UP
    BISAC V2.8: HIS002010
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 15100
    BIC subject category V2: 3D, 1QDAG
    LC subject heading: ,
    LC classification: DF78 .C28 2002
    LC subject heading:
    Thema V1.0: QDHA, NHD, JBCC, NHC
    Edition
    2
    Edition statement
    2nd ed.
    Illustrations note
    8pp halftone plates and 2 maps
    Publisher
    Oxford University Press
    Imprint name
    Oxford Paperbacks
    Publication date
    05 December 2002
    Publication City/Country
    Oxford
    Author Information
    Paul Cartledge is Reader in Greek History at the University of Cambridge. His publications include The Cambridge Illustrated History of Greece (CUP, 1997) and The Greeks (BBC, 2001).
    Review quote
    Review from previous edition a useful antidote to British sentimentality about ancient Greece Philip Howard, The Times Paul Cartledge's sharp and unsentimental new introduction to [the Greeks'] mentality ... forcefully shows that freedom-loving citizens could live at ease among hordes of slaves. Boyd Tonkin, New Statesman & Society the lively and succinct development of many ancient nad modern arguments makes The Greeks a welcome and timely contribution to a number of continuing and important debates Times Literary Supplement lively, and very topical, book ... I know of no better book with which to introduce this 'portrait of self and others' to students at the sixth-form level or above. Greece & Rome He adopts a lightly unusual approach and discusses the 'dominant' group - male citizens - in its relations with woman, slaves, barbarians and the gods. It is an interesting approach. Contemporary Review With The Greeks Cartledge has achieved an up-to-date synthesis of Hellenic central concepts, thus furnishing teachers of ancient history and civilization with a valuable instrument, as I experienced in Greece when teaching European youth about their identity. Mnemosyne Cartledge's The Greeks is bracingly enthusiastic with inter-disciplinary influences and interests. The Sunday Times a study of the rise of a mentality, written in brilliant style, important, sometimes iconoclastic Il pensiero politico
    Table of contents
    Prologue ; 1. Significant Others: Us v. Them ; 2. Inventing the Past: History v. Myth ; Entr'acte: Others in Images and Images of Others ; 3. Alien Wisdom: Greeks v. Barbarians ; 4. Engendering History: Men v. Women ; 5. In the Club: Citizens v. Aliens ; 6. Of Inhuman Bondage: Free v. Slave ; 7. Knowing Your Place: Gods v. Mortals ; Epilogue ; Further Reading ; Bibliography ; Index