Eran Almagor,Joseph Skinner's Ancient Ethnography: New Approaches PDF

By Eran Almagor,Joseph Skinner

ISBN-10: 1474234763

ISBN-13: 9781474234764

ISBN-10: 1849668906

ISBN-13: 9781849668903

Ethnographic writing has develop into all yet ubiquitous in recent times. even if now thought of a completely smooth and more and more crucial box of research, Ethnography's roots pass the entire as far back as antiquity. This quantity brings jointly 11 unique essays exploring the broader highbrow and cultural milieux from which old ethnography arose, its transformation and improvement in antiquity, and how during which nineteenth century receptions of ethnographic traditions assisted in shaping the fashionable research of the traditional international. eventually, it addresses the level to which a majority of these issues stay inextricably intertwined with transferring and sometimes hugely contested notions of tradition, energy and identification. Its chapters care for the origins of the time period 'barbarian', the position of ethnography in Tacitus' Germania, Plutarch's Lives, Xenophon's Anabasis, and Athenaeus' Deipnosophistae, Herodotean storytelling, Henry and George Rawlinson, and Megasthenes' treatise on India.

At a time whilst glossy ethnographies have gotten more and more frequent, wide-ranging, and experimental of their method of describing cultural distinction, this booklet encourages us to consider historical ethnography in new and engaging methods, highlighting the wealth of fabric to be had for learn and the complexities underpinning historic and glossy notions of what it intended to be Greek, Roman or 'barbarian'.

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