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Greeks and Barbarians


  • Date Published: August 2013
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521148023

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  • This book is an ambitious synthesis of the social, economic, political and cultural interactions between Greeks and non-Greeks in the Mediterranean world during the Archaic, Classical and Hellenistic periods. Instead of traditional and static distinctions between Greeks and Others, Professor Vlassopoulos explores the diversity of interactions between Greeks and non-Greeks in four parallel but interconnected worlds: the world of networks, the world of apoikiai ('colonies'), the Panhellenic world and the world of empires. These diverse interactions set into motion processes of globalisation; but the emergence of a shared material and cultural koine across the Mediterranean was accompanied by the diverse ways in which Greek and non-Greek cultures adopted and adapted elements of this global koine. The book explores the paradoxical role of Greek culture in the processes of ancient globalisation, as well as the peculiar way in which Greek culture was shaped by its interaction with non-Greek cultures.

    • The first synthesis of the social, economic, political and cultural interactions between Greeks and non-Greeks in the first millennium BCE
    • Uses the full range of literary, epigraphic, archaeological and numismatic evidence
    • Advances a novel overall interpretation which situates the interactions between Greeks and non-Greeks within processes of globalisation in the ancient Mediterranean world
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    Reviews & endorsements

    'My favourite history book of the year so far? No contest: Kostas Vlassopoulos's Greeks and Barbarians … This book sets a new agenda in the field.' Paul Cartledge, BBC History Magazine

    'One of this book's most admirable qualities is that its own curiosity is as boundless as that of the Greeks it describes. Its range of reference is dizzying. … comfortably the best general account of the topic in English (and one written accessibly for a wide student and general readership).' Thomas Harrison, Anglo-Hellenic Review

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    Product details

    • Date Published: August 2013
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521148023
    • length: 416 pages
    • dimensions: 246 x 174 x 19 mm
    • weight: 0.82kg
    • contains: 51 b/w illus. 8 maps
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. Introduction
    2. The Panhellenic world and the world of empires
    3. The world of networks and the world of apoikiai
    4. Intercultural communication
    5. The barbarian repertoire in Greek culture
    6. Globalisation and glocalisation
    7. The Hellenistic world
    8. Conclusions.

  • Author

    Kostas Vlassopoulos, University of Nottingham
    Kostas Vlassopoulos is Associate Professor in Greek History at the University of Nottingham. His earlier publications include Unthinking the Greek Polis (Cambridge University Press, 2007) and Politics: Antiquity and its Legacy (2010); he is currently co-editing the Oxford Handbook of Greek and Roman Slaveries (forthcoming). He is a member of the Institute for the Study of Slavery, the Legacy of Greek Political Thought Network and the Centre for Spartan and Peloponnesian Studies.

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