The Greeks: A Portrait of Self and Others by Paul CartledgeThe Greeks: A Portrait of Self and Others by Paul Cartledge

The Greeks: A Portrait of Self and Others

byPaul Cartledge

Paperback | October 1, 2002

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This book provides an original and challenging answer to the question: 'Who were the Classical Greeks?' Paul Cartledge - 'one of the most theoretically alert, widely read and prolific of contemporary ancient historians' (TLS) - here examines the Greeks and their achievements in terms of theirown self-image, mainly as it was presented by the supposedly objective historians: Herodotus, Thucydides, and Xenophon. Many of our modern concepts as we understand them were invented by the Greeks: for example, democracy, theatre, philosophy, and history. Yet despite being our cultural ancestors in many ways, their legacy remains rooted in myth and the mental and material contexts of many of their achievements aredeeply alien to our own ways of thinking and acting. The Greeks aims to explore in depth how the dominant group (adult, male, citizen) attempted, with limited success, to define themselves unambiguously in polar opposition to a whole series of 'Others' - non-Greeks, women, non-citizens, slaves and gods. This new edition contains an updatedbibliography, a new chapter entitled 'Entr'acte: Others in Images and Images of Others', and a new afterword.
Paul Cartledge is Reader in Greek History at the University of Cambridge. His publications include The Cambridge Illustrated History of Greece (CUP, 1997) and The Greeks (BBC, 2001).
Title:The Greeks: A Portrait of Self and OthersFormat:PaperbackPublished:October 1, 2002Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0192803883

ISBN - 13:9780192803887


Table of Contents

Prologue1. Significant Others: Us v. Them2. Inventing the Past: History v. MythEntr'acte: Others in Images and Images of Others3. Alien Wisdom: Greeks v. Barbarians4. Engendering History: Men v. Women5. In the Club: Citizens v. Aliens6. Of Inhuman Bondage: Free v. Slave7. Knowing Your Place: Gods v. MortalsEpilogueFurther ReadingBibliographyIndex

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`a study of the rise of a mentality, written in brilliant style, important, sometimes iconoclastic'Il pensiero politico