A Companion to Ethnicity in the Ancient Mediterranean (Blackwell Companions to the Ancient World)
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A Companion to Ethnicity in the Ancient Mediterranean presents a comprehensive collection of essays contributed by Classical Studies scholars that explore questions relating to ethnicity in the ancient Mediterranean world.
- Covers topics of ethnicity in civilizations ranging from ancient Egypt and Israel, to Greece and Rome, and into Late Antiquity
- Features cutting-edge research on ethnicity relating to Philistine, Etruscan, and Phoenician identities
- Reveals the explicit relationships between ancient and modern ethnicities
- Introduces an interpretation of ethnicity as an active component of social identity
- Represents a fundamental questioning of formally accepted and fixed categories in the field
between a culture of deep religious temperament and a Roman description of Etruria as the mother of superstition? Similar jibes were directed at the Jews in the Roman period, but, as Erich Gruen demonstrates, such remarks do not amount to a coherent dichotomy, with Jews and Romans standing implacably on opposite sides of the divide. As in other places and instances, entanglement complicates the picture: “Godfearers,” gentiles drawn to Jewish practices, and manumitted Jewish slaves bequeathing
of Wales. Pearson, Lionel. 1962. “The Pseudo-History of Messenia and its Authors.” Historia, 11: 397–426. Raaflaub, Kurt A. 2003. “Freedom for the Messenians? A Note on the Impact of Slavery and Helotage on the Greek Concept of Freedom.” In N. Luraghi and S. E. Alcock, eds., Helots and their Masters in Laconia and Messenia: Histories, Ideologies, Structures, 169–90. Washington, DC: Center for Hellenic Studies. Roobaert, Arlette. 1977. “Le danger hilote?” Ktema, 2: 141–55. Shero, L. R. 1938.
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Hadrian,” 1.1) As he surveyed and reported his achievements, the emperor was concerned about asserting the Italian origins of his Spanish family. If accurate, this suggests the continued importance of the old identification of the Roman elite with Italian ethnicities. The occasional insistence in elite texts that certain aristocrats of provincial origin are “just like Italians” further demonstrates this persistent privileging of Italian ethnicity (e.g., the poet Statius insists this about the
individuals to claim membership, or of outsiders to assign membership to others, in an ethnic group; and (4) that the cultural differences that matter are those marking the boundary, and not those an anthropologist might specify as the distinguishing features of a given group. Barth's reframing of ethnicity as a social construct with an emphasis on boundary making and patrolling has remained the intellectual structure within which subsequent work on ethnicity in anthropology, sociology, history,