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Greek History

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  04 March 2014


The interaction between Greeks and non-Greeks is an increasingly popular subject among Greek historians, as shown by four important books reviewed here: their significance lies in the various challenges that they pose to the still dominant structuralist approach, which focuses on polarity and alterity and privileges certain discourses in literary texts over the diversity encountered when one examines the totality of the evidence. All four books put at the centre of their attention the significance and consequences of real-life encounters and interactions between people of different cultural and ethnic backgrounds.

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1 Negotiating Identity in the Ancient Mediterranean. The Archaic and Classical Greek Multiethnic Emporia. By Demetriou, Denise. Cambridge, Cambridge University Press, 2012. Pp. xiv + 292. 3 maps, 17 figures. Hardback £60, ISBN: 978-1-107-01944-7Google Scholar.

2 The Invention of Greek Ethnography. Ethnography and History from Homer to Herodotus. By Skinner, Joseph. New York, Oxford University Press, 2012. Pp. xii + 343. 16 illustrations. Hardback £55, ISBN: 978-0-19-979360-0CrossRefGoogle Scholar.

3 Empire, Authority and Autonomy in Achaemenid Anatolia. By Dusinberre, Elspeth R. M.. Cambridge, Cambridge University Press, 2013. Pp. xxvi + 374. 131 b/w illustrations, 20 maps, 3 tables. Hardback £65, ISBN: 978-1-107-01826-6CrossRefGoogle Scholar.

4 Athens, Thrace, and the Shaping of Athenian Leadership. By Sears, Matthew A.. Cambridge, Cambridge University Press, 2013. Pp. xvi + 328. 5 b/w illustrations, 2 maps. Hardback £60, ISBN: 978-1-107-03053-4CrossRefGoogle Scholar.

5 Status in Classical Athens. By Kamen, Deborah. Princeton, NJ, and Oxford, Princeton University Press, 2013. Pp. xvi + 144. Hardback £24.95, ISBN: 978-0-691-13813-8CrossRefGoogle Scholar.

6 Sport, Democracy and War in Classical Athens. By Pritchard, David M.. Cambridge, Cambridge University Press, 2012. Pp. xii + 251. 10 b/w illustrations. Hardback £60, ISBN: 978-1-107-00733-8CrossRefGoogle Scholar.

7 The Limits of Altruism in Democratic Athens. By Christ, Matthew R.. Cambridge, Cambridge University Press, 2012. Pp. x + 215. Hardback £60, ISBN: 978-1-107-02977-4CrossRefGoogle Scholar.

8 Schwartz, S., Were the Jews a Mediterranean Society? Reciprocity and Solidarity in Ancient Judaism (Princeton, NJ, 2010).Google Scholar

9 Alexander's Veterans and the Early Wars of the Successors. By Roisman, Joseph. Austin, TX, University of Texas Press, 2012. Fordyce W. Mitchel Memorial Lecture Series. Pp. xvi + 264. 1 illustration, 2 maps. Hardback £38, ISBN: 978-0-292-73596-5; paperback £25.85, ISBN: 978-0-292-75431-7Google Scholar.

10 Epigraphical Approaches to the Post-Classical Polis. Fourth Century bc to Second Century ad. Edited by Martzavou, Paraskevi and Papazarkadas, Nikolaos. Oxford Studies in Ancient Documents. Oxford, Oxford University Press, 2012. Pp. xx + 370. 27 illustrations. Hardback £90, ISBN: 978-0-19-965214-3CrossRefGoogle Scholar.

11 The Inscriptions of Dodona and a New History of Molossia. By Meyer, Elizabeth A.. Heidelberger Althistorische Beiträge und Epigraphische Studien 54. Stuttgart, Franz Steiner Verlag, 2013. Pp. 201. 29 b/w illustrations; 15 b/w plates. Paperback £37.16, ISBN: 978-3-515-10311-4Google Scholar.

12 Kosmos et kosmema. Les offrandes de parure dans les inventaires déliens. By Prêtre, Clarisse. Kernos Supplement 27. Athens: Centre d'Etude de la Religion Grecque Antique, 2012. Pp. 269. 9 colour plates. Paperback €30, ISBN: 978-2-87562-006-4Google Scholar.

13 Myth, Truth, and Narrative in Herodotus. Edited by Baragwanath, Emily and de Bakker, Mathieu. Oxford, Oxford University Press, 2012. Pp. xii + 370. Hardback £75, ISBN: 978-0-19-969397-9CrossRefGoogle Scholar.

14 The Passionate Statesman. Eros and Politics in Plutarch's Lives. By Beneker, Jeffrey. Oxford, Oxford University Press, 2012. Pp. xii + 258. Hardback £58, ISBN: 978-0-19-969590-4CrossRefGoogle Scholar.