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Comparative Anthropology of Ancient Greece

Comparative Anthropology of Ancient Greece

by Marcel DetienneMarcel Detienne


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Comparative Anthropology of Ancient Greece 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. Historians and ethnologists can pool a wealth of knowledge about different cultures across space and time. Their joint task is to analyze human societies and to understand cultural products. Comparative analysis involves working together in an experimental and constructive enterprise. Marcel Detienne, alerted by dissonances, 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. What does it mean to found something, or rather to establish a territory, or to have or not have roots? What is a site or a place?

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780674021259
Publisher: Harvard
Publication date: 09/01/2009
Series: Hellenic Studies Series , #17
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 142
Product dimensions: 0.30(w) x 9.00(h) x 6.00(d)

About the Author

Marcel Detienne is Basil L. Gildersleeve Professor of Classics, Emeritus, at Johns Hopkins University.

Table of Contents

    Preface: Doing Anthropology with the Greeks
  1. Murderous Identity
  2. Thebes, Athens and Old-stock French
  3. Being Born Impure in the City of Cadmus and Oedipus

  4. Part II: Every God is Plural
  5. Experimenting in the Field of Polytheisms
  6. This is Where I Intend to Build a Glorious Temple
  7. Forgetting Delphi Between Apollo and Dionysus

  8. Part III: "Politics" Doesn't Fall from the Sky
  9. Doing Comparative Anthropology in the Field of Politics
  10. The Gods of Politics in Early Greek Cities

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