Panhellenism and the Barbarian in Archaic and Classical Greece [NOOK Book]

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This is the first book in English to provide a systematic treatment of Panhellenism. The author argues that in archaic and classical Greece Panhellenism was a body of narratives that expressed, defined and limited the community of the Hellenes and gave it political substance. Yet Panhellenic narratives also responded to other needs of the community, in particular serving to locate the Hellenes in time and space. Thus one of the chief Panhellenic narratives, the war against the barbarian, provided the conceptual ...
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Panhellenism and the Barbarian in Archaic and Classical Greece

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Overview

This is the first book in English to provide a systematic treatment of Panhellenism. The author argues that in archaic and classical Greece Panhellenism was a body of narratives that expressed, defined and limited the community of the Hellenes and gave it political substance. Yet Panhellenic narratives also responded to other needs of the community, in particular serving to locate the Hellenes in time and space. Thus one of the chief Panhellenic narratives, the war against the barbarian, provided the conceptual framework in which Alexander the Great could imagine his Asian campaign.
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Editorial Reviews

Bryn Mawr Classical Review - Kelly Joss Wrenhaven
...this is a very well-written and carefully researched book that makes a significant contribution to the study of Panhellenism, the development of Greek identity and the Greek perception of the (Persian) barbarian.'
Choice - P.M. Green
...Mitchell (Univ. of Exeter) brings to her difficult topic both erudition and refreshing common sense. Summing Up: Highly recommended. Most levels/libraries.'
Ancient West & East - Gocha R. Tsetskhladze
Lynette Mitchells Panhellenism shows that small publishers (in this case The Classical Press of Wales) continue to produce attractive, high-quality work.'
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781905125722
  • Publisher: Classical Press of Wales, The
  • Publication date: 11/22/2007
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author

Lynette Mitchell is Senior Lecturer in Classics and Ancient History at the University of Exeter. She has published widely on Greek history of the archaic and classical periods, including Greeks Bearing Gifts (CUP 1997). She has also edited, with P.J. Rhodes, The Development of the Polis in Archaic Greece (Routledge 1997).
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Table of Contents


Acknowledgements     ix
Abbreviations     xi
List of figures     xiii
Introduction: Panhellenism and the barbarian     xv
Panhellenism and the community of the Hellenes     1
Defining the boundaries of the Hellenic community     39
The symbolic community: utopia and dystopia     77
Cultural contestation     113
Time, space and war against the barbarian     169
Epilogue     203
Bibliography     215
General index     249
Index locorum     255
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