Cultural Identity

Cultural Identity : In the Ancient Mediterranean

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This is an illuminating collection of essays that explore the idea of cultural identity in the ancient Mediterranean. Cultural identity is a slippery and elusive concept. When applied to the collective self-consciousness among people or nations, it becomes all the more difficult to define or grasp. In recent decades scholars have focused on the 'other' - the alien, the unfamiliar, the different, perceived or conceived as the opposite - to highlight the virtues and advantages of the self. While this influential idea continues to hold sway, the time has come for a more nuanced and complex understanding of how the various societies of the ancient Mediterranean shaped their sense of identity. The twenty-four essays in this volume examine the subject from a variety of angles, encompassing a broad range of cultures: Greek, Persian, Jewish, Phoenician, Egyptian, Roman, Gallic, and German - and an impressive array of more

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  • Paperback | 572 pages
  • 177.8 x 251.46 x 35.56mm | 1,587.57g
  • Getty Trust Publications
  • Getty Research Institute,U.S.
  • Santa Monica CA, United States
  • English
  • 97 black & white illustrations
  • 0892369698
  • 9780892369690
  • 605,731

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Gruen s pragmatic approach allows for greater accessibility than many recent volumes on identity. . . . This volume is a welcome addition to studies of identity, particularly (but not exclusively) within the ancient Mediterranean. "Bryn Mawr Classical Review""show more

About Erich S. Gruen

Erich S. Gruen is the Gladys Rehard Wood Professor Emeritus of History and Classics at the University of California, more