The Greeks and Us
By (author) Marcel Detienne
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Greeks and Us by Marcel Detienne
Book DescriptionThe human race is all too pre-disposed to think in terms of us and them. Europeans have always laid claim to the Ancient Greeks they are our Greeks, our ancestors but their legacy reaches further than we could ever imagine. Their influence stretches from the Japanese to the Cossacks, from Ancient Rome to Indonesia. In this path-breaking new volume, the great French historian Marcel Detienne focuses on Eurocentric approaches which have trumpeted the Greeks and their democratic practices as our ancestors and the superiority of the Western tradition to which they gave rise. He argues that such approaches can be seen as narrow-minded and often covertly nationalistic. Detienne advocates what he calls comparative anthropology which sets out to illuminate the comparisons and contrasts between the beliefs, practices and institutions of different ancient and modern societies. Detienne aims to put the Greeks in perspective among other civilisations and also to look afresh at questions of political structure, literacy, nationhood, intellect and mythology. The work of Marcel Detienne has made an enormous impact on our thinking about the Greeks in areas such as rationality, literacy and mythology, and in this new volume he challenges once again our conception of the Greeks and their impact on the modern world.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780745639017
(229mm x 154mm x 13mm)
Imprint: Polity Press
Publisher: Polity Press
Publish Date: 19-Jul-2007
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Marcel Detienne
Comparative Anthropology of Ancient Greece, Paperback (August 2009)
Looks at the anthropology of the Greeks and other cultures across space and time, and in the process discovers aspects of the art of comparability. This book tries to see how cultural systems react not just to a touchstone category, but also to the questions and concepts that arise from the reaction.
Greeks and Us, Hardback (July 2007)
The human race is all too pre-disposed to think in terms of us and them. Europeans have always laid claim to the Ancient Greeks they are our Greeks, our ancestors but their legacy reaches further than we could ever imagine. Their influence stretches from the Japanese to the Cossacks, from Ancient Rome to Indonesia.
Masters of Truth in Archaic Greece, Paperback (December 1999)
This volume traces the odyssey of truth "aletheia", from mytho-religious concept to philosophical thought in archaic Greece. The book begins with an examination of how truth in Greek literature first emerges as an enigma.
Gardens of Adonis, Paperback (April 1994)» View all books by Marcel Detienne
Recasts various ideas about the fertility myth of Adonis. This book challenges Sir James Frazer's thesis that the vegetation god Adonis represented the annual cycle of growth and decay in agriculture. It uses the analytic tools of structuralism and shows instead that the festivals of Adonis depict a seductive but impotent and fruitless deity.
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Author Biography - Marcel Detienne
M. Detienne, Basil L. Gildersleeve Professor of Classics, Johns Hopkins University
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