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    DescriptionThe human race is all too pre-disposed to think in terms of us and them. Europeans have always laid claim to the Ancient Greeks they are our Greeks, our ancestors but their legacy reaches further than we could ever imagine. Their influence stretches from the Japanese to the Cossacks, from Ancient Rome to Indonesia. In this path-breaking new volume, the great French historian Marcel Detienne focuses on Eurocentric approaches which have trumpeted the Greeks and their democratic practices as our ancestors and the superiority of the Western tradition to which they gave rise. He argues that such approaches can be seen as narrow-minded and often covertly nationalistic. Detienne advocates what he calls comparative anthropology which sets out to illuminate the comparisons and contrasts between the beliefs, practices and institutions of different ancient and modern societies. Detienne aims to put the Greeks in perspective among other civilisations and also to look afresh at questions of political structure, literacy, nationhood, intellect and mythology. The work of Marcel Detienne has made an enormous impact on our thinking about the Greeks in areas such as rationality, literacy and mythology, and in this new volume he challenges once again our conception of the Greeks and their impact on the modern world.


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    Title
    The Greeks and Us
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Marcel Detienne
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 184
    Width: 152 mm
    Height: 224 mm
    Thickness: 16 mm
    Weight: 340 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780745639017
    ISBN 10: 0745639011
    Classifications

    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 25540
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T3.7
    B&T Book Type: NF
    BIC E4L: LIT
    B&T Merchandise Category: TXT
    B&T Modifier: Region of Publication: 01
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 01
    B&T Modifier: Subject Development: 01
    B&T Modifier: Geographic Designator: 05
    Libri: I-HP
    BIC subject category V2: DSBB
    BIC language qualifier (language as subject) V2: 2AHA
    Ingram Subject Code: HP
    B&T General Subject: 431
    Ingram Theme: CHRN/ANCIEN, CULT/GREECE
    Abridged Dewey: 938
    B&T Approval Code: A14202030
    B&T Modifier: Geographic Designator: 37
    B&T Approval Code: A33200000, A14500000
    BISAC V2.8: HIS002010, SOC002010
    LC classification: DF
    DC22: 301.36
    DC21: 301.36
    BIC subject category V2: 2AHA
    BISAC V2.8: HIS039000
    BISAC region code: 1.7.3.0.0.0.0
    Thema V1.0: DSBB
    Thema language qualifier V1.0: 2AHA
    Illustrations note
    black & white plates, colour plates
    Publisher
    Polity Press
    Imprint name
    Polity Press
    Publication date
    01 October 2007
    Publication City/Country
    Oxford
    Author Information
    M. Detienne, Basil L. Gildersleeve Professor of Classics, Johns Hopkins University
    Review quote
    "Ruthlessly, wittily, almost disarmingly, Detienne sets about discovering mythical emperors in all their nakedness, slaughtering sacred nationalistic cows and dethroning alleged democratic ancestors." Paul Cartledge, Times Higher Education Supplement "Through his brilliant studies of Greek myth, religion and thought, Marcel Detienne has revolutionized our understanding of Greco-Roman antiquity. In this important new book the reader is treated to an exhilarating overview of Detienne's current thinking on the problems to which his extraordinarily fertile career has been devoted. It is a breathtaking intellectual Odyssey." Sir Geoffrey Lloyd, Needham Research Institute
    Back cover copy
    The human race is all too pre-disposed to think in terms of us and them. Europeans have always laid claim to the Ancient Greeks they are our Greeks, our ancestors but their legacy reaches further than we could ever imagine. Their influence stretches from the Japanese to the Cossacks, from Ancient Rome to Indonesia. In this path-breaking new volume, the great French historian Marcel Detienne focuses on Eurocentric approaches which have trumpeted the Greeks and their democratic practices as our ancestors and the superiority of the Western tradition to which they gave rise. He argues that such approaches can be seen as narrow-minded and often covertly nationalistic. Detienne advocates what he calls comparative anthropology which sets out to illuminate the comparisons and contrasts between the beliefs, practices and institutions of different ancient and modern societies. Detienne aims to put the Greeks in perspective among other civilisations and also to look afresh at questions of political structure, literacy, nationhood, intellect and mythology. The work of Marcel Detienne has made an enormous impact on our thinking about the Greeks in areas such as rationality, literacy and mythology, and in this new volume he challenges once again our conception of the Greeks and their impact on the modern world.
    Table of contents
    * CONTENTS * Preface * Foreword *1. Doing anthropology with the Greeks *2. From myth to mythology: ranging from native Americans to ancient Greeks *3. Transcribing mythologies. From Japan and New Caledonia to the pontiffs of Rome *4. The wide-open mouth of Truth *5. 'Digging in' in the times between Oedipus of Thebes and modern national identities *6. Comparabilities viewed from the vantage point of politics * Afterword * Notes * Index