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    DescriptionThis remarkably rich and multifaceted study of early Greek exploration makes an original contribution to current discussions of the encounters between Greeks and non-Greeks. Focusing in particular on myths about Odysseus and other heroes who visited foreign lands on their mythical voyages homeward after the Trojan War, Irad Malkin shows how these stories functioned to mediate encounters and conceptualize ethnicity and identity during the Archaic and Classical periods. Synthesizing a wide range of archaeological, mythological, and literary sources, this exceptionally learned book strengthens our understanding of early Greek exploration and city-founding along the coasts of the Western Mediterranean, reconceptualizes the role of myth in ancient societies, and revitalizes our understanding of ethnicity in antiquity. Malkin shows how the figure of Odysseus became a proto-colonial hero whose influence transcended the Greek-speaking world. The return-myths constituted a generative mythology, giving rise to oral poems, stories, iconographic imagery, rituals, historiographical interpretation, and the articulation of ethnic identities. Reassessing the role of Homer and alternative return-myths, the book argues for the active historical function of myth and collective representations and traces their changing roles through a spectrum of colonial perceptions--from the proto-colonial, through justifications of expansion and annexation, and up to decolonization.

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    The Returns of Odysseus
    Colonization and Ethnicity
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Irad Malkin
    Physical properties
    Format: Hardback
    Number of pages: 331
    Width: 161 mm
    Height: 236 mm
    Thickness: 35 mm
    Weight: 796 g
    ISBN 13: 9780520211858
    ISBN 10: 0520211855

    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T3.7
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    DC22: 883.01
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    DC21: 398.3520938
    LC classification: 98-4955, PA4167 .M34 1998
    Thema V1.0: JBGB, JHM, DSBB, JBCC9
    Edition statement
    New ed.
    Illustrations note
    6 maps
    University of California Press
    Imprint name
    University of California Press
    Publication date
    30 November 1998
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    Author Information
    Irad Malkin is Professor of Ancient History at Tel Aviv University and author of Religion and Colonization in Ancient Greece (1987) and Myth and Territory in the Spartan Mediterranean (1994).
    Back cover copy
    "To voyage on this extraordinarily original book is like rounding a cape: Whole new vistas open up, both intellectual and literal. Around some bronze tripods uncovered on the shore of Ithaca, Irad Malkin weaves an interdisciplinary web of history, archaeology, religion, oral poetics, maritime geography, ethnography, colonial and post-colonial studies. Spell-binding!"--Oliver Taplin, Oxford University, author of "Homeric Soundings