"Cultural Identity in the Ancient Mediterranean" by Erich S. Gruen

Cultural Identity in the Ancient Mediterranean Erich S. Gruen

Format:
Paperback / softback
Publication date:
27 Jan 2011
ISBN:
9780892369690
Imprint:
Getty Research Institute,U.S.
Dimensions:
572 pages: 254 x 179 x 29mm
Illustrations:
97 black & white illustrations

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.

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