Cultural Identity: In the Ancient Mediterranean (Paperback)
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Short Description for Cultural Identity Collects essays that explore the idea of cultural identity in the ancient Mediterranean, examine the subject from a variety of angles, and encompass a range of cultures: Greek, Persian, Jewish, Phoenician, Egyptian, Roman, Gallic, and German - and an array of topics.
- Published: 25 January 2011
- Format: Paperback 572 pages
- ISBN 13: 9780892369690 ISBN 10: 0892369698
- Sales rank: 312,866
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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 topics.