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Out of Athens: The New Ancient Greeks

Out of Athens: The New Ancient Greeks

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By (author) Page DuBois

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  • Publisher: HARVARD UNIVERSITY PRESS
  • Format: Paperback | 256 pages
  • Dimensions: 147mm x 226mm x 18mm | 363g
  • Publication date: 3 April 2012
  • Publication City/Country: Cambridge, Mass
  • ISBN 10: 0674064070
  • ISBN 13: 9780674064072
  • Edition statement: Reprint
  • Sales rank: 593,757

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The iconoclast of Classics, Page duBois refuses to act as border patrol for a sometimes fiercely protected traditional discipline. Instead, she incorporates insights from postcolonial, psychoanalytic, and postmodern theories into her nuanced close readings of ancient Greek texts. Contemporary theory and ancient texts are mutually transformed in the process. "Out of Athens" sets ancient Greek culture next to the global ancient world of Vedic India, the Han dynasty in China, and the empires that survived Alexander the Great. DuBois also extends the range of classical studies through illuminating transhistorical juxtapositions - ancients brush elbows with Colette as she performs as a mummy at the Moulin Rouge, or with Kirk Douglas as he appears on the silver screen as Spartacus. She reads the poetry of Sappho, the tattooed body of the sage Epimenides, as well as Athenian tragedy, Buddhist texts set in a post-Alexandrian Bactria, alongside the work of Judith Butler and Alain Badiou. Page duBois establishes a daring agenda for the next generation of Classicists and, for both the intimate friend of Greek texts and the freshly arrived reader, makes ancient Greeks new.

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Page duBois is Distinguished Professor of Classics and Comparative Literature at the University of California, San Diego.

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If we are now part of an increasingly global culture, it behooves us to see Greek and Roman civilizations in a globalist light. DuBois calls on classical specialists to be tolerant of the inadequate grasp "crucial, influential, contemporary theorists" may have of ancient languages and technical scholarship, and to be open to their perspectives on the past, including their productive misreadings. And she demonstrates to all readers, without using mathemes, the important insights to be gained by such new ways of looking at classical culture and history. -- Tom Palaima Times Higher Education Supplement 20100121

Table of contents

* Prologue * Spartacus * Sappho between Africa and Asia * The Tattoos of Epimenides * Slaves in the Tragic City * Alexandrias * Histories of the Impossible * Jesus and Other Jews * The Persistence of Oedipus * Twenty-first Century High Theory and the Classics * Notes * Index