Greeks and Barbarians
How did the Greeks view foreign peoples? This book considers what the Greeks thought of foreigners and their religions, cultures and politics, and what these beliefs and opinions reveal about the Greeks.
The Greeks were occasionally intrigued by the customs and religions of the many different peoples with whom they came into contact; more often they were disdainful or dismissive, tending to regard non-Greeks as at best inferior, and at worst as candidates for conquest and enslavement. Facing up to this less attractive aspect of the classical tradition is vital, Thomas Harrison argues, to seeing both what the ancient world was really like and the full nature of its legacy in the modern. In this book he brings together outstanding European and American scholarship to show the difference and complexity of Greek representations of foreign peoples - or barbarians, as the Greeks called them - and how these representations changed over time.
The book looks first at the main sources: the Histories of Herodotus, Greek tragedy, and Athenian art. Part II examines how the Greeks distinguished themselves from barbarians through myth, language and religion. Part III considers Greek representations of two different barbarian peoples - the allegedly decadent and effeminate Persians, and the Egyptians, proverbial for their religious wisdom. In part IV three chapters trace the development of the Greek-barbarian antithesis in later history: in nineteenth-century scholarship, in Byzantine and modern Greece, and in western intellectual history.
Of the twelve chapters six are published in English for the first time. The editor has provided an extensive general introduction, as well as introductions to the parts. The book contains two maps, a guide to further reading and an intellectual chronology. All passages of ancient languages are translated, and difficult terms are explained.
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This would have been the case if Paris had accepted the suggestions of Pallas ,
who had ' offered him the chance of going to conquer Greece at the head of a
Phrygian army ' ( l . 927ff . ) . Helen even goes so far as to claim that , like an ...
H . Jeanmaire , Dionysos : Histoire du culte de Bacchus , Paris , 1951 , pp . 348 –
51 ) , but it is almost always situated in Barbarian country . 205 Cf . Pausanias , X
, 32 , 5 . In the Eumenides , l . 22 , as in Antigone , 1 . 1128 , the Corycian ...
8 See my study : ' Table du roi , tribut et redistribution chez les Achémenides ' (
Table Ronde de Paris , March 1986 ) , to be published [ subsequently published
in P . Briant and C . Herrenschmidt ( eds ) , Le tribut dans l ' empire perse : actes ...
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