The Ancient Messenians
Constructions of Ethnicity and Memory
By (author) Nino Luraghi
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Ancient Messenians by Nino Luraghi
Book DescriptionEarly in the archaic period of Greek history, Messenia was annexed and partially settled by its powerful neighbour, Sparta. Achieving independence in the fourth century BC, the inhabitants of Messenia set about trying to forge an identity for themselves separate from their previous identity as Spartan subjects, refunctionalising or simply erasing their Spartan heritage. Professor Luraghi provides a thorough examination of the history of Messenian identity and consequently addresses a range of questions and issues whose interest and importance have only been widely recognised by ancient historians during the last decade. By a detailed scrutiny of the ancient written sources and the archaeological evidence, the book reconstructs how the Messenians perceived and constructed their own ethnicity at different points in time, by applying to Messenian ethnicity insights developed by anthropologists and early medieval historians.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780521855877
(228mm x 152mm x 27mm)
Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publish Date: 1-May-2008
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Nino Luraghi
Ancient Messenians, Paperback (June 2011)
This book traces the history of Messenian ethnicity from the archaic period to the Roman Empire.
Politics of Ethnicity and the Crisis of the Peloponnesian League, Paperback (July 2009)
Offers a different perspective, suggesting that the crisis that finally brought down Sparta was in important ways a result of centrifugal impulses within the Peloponnesian League, accompanied by a general awakening of ethnicity in various areas of the Peloponnese.
Harvard Studies in Classical Philology, Hardback (February 2009)
Includes Iliad 4.384 Tude, Iliad 15.339 Mekiste, and Odyssey 19.136 Odyse by Jeremy Rau; "Craft Similes and the Construction of Heroes in the Iliad" by Naomi Rood; "The Tragic Pattern of the Iliad" by Yoav Rinon; and, "Herodotus and His Descendants: Numbers in Ancient and Modern Narratives of Xerxes' Campaigns" by Catherine Rubincam.
Historian's Craft in the Age of Herodotus, Paperback (March 2007)» View all books by Nino Luraghi
By considering the works of Herodotus against a background of late archaic and early classical Greek culture and society, these new essays by an international team of experts make a thought-provoking contribution to the ongoing debates concerning literacy and oral culture.
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Author Biography - Nino Luraghi
Nino Luraghi is Professor of the Classics at Harvard University, and has published widely on Greek history and historiography. Recent works include an edited volume entitled The Politics of Ethnicity and the Crisis of the Peloponnesian League (forthcoming) and Helots and their Masters in Laconia and Messenia (co-edited with S. Alcock, 2003).
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