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Tales of the Barbarians: Ethnography and Empire in the Roman West / Edition 1

Tales of the Barbarians: Ethnography and Empire in the Roman West / Edition 1

by Greg Woolf


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781405160735
Publisher: Wiley
Publication date: 02/15/2011
Series: Blackwell-Bristol Lectures on Greece, Rome and the Classical Tradition Series , #2
Pages: 176
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Greg Woolf is Professor of Ancient History at the University of St. Andrews. He is the author of Becoming Roman: The Origins of Provincial Civilization in Gaul (1998), as well as the co-editor of Literacy and Power in the Ancient World (1994), and Rome the Cosmopolis (2003).  In addition, Professor Woolf is editor of the Journal of Roman Studies and has written numerous articles on Roman history.

Table of Contents

Translations Used vii

Introduction 1

Chapter 1: Telling Tales on the Middle Ground 8

Chapter 2: Explaining the Barbarians 32

Chapter 3: Ethnography and Empire 59

Chapter 4: Enduring Fictions? 89

Notes 119

References 146

General Index 164

Index of Main Passages Discussed 168

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"Greg Woolf's wide-ranging and engaging study of ethnographictraditions about the "barbarian" west exposes the complex mixtureof myth, stereotype, and information deriving from the interplaybetween inquirers and inhabitants and from the shiftingcircumstances that generated their creation and theirtransformation."
Erich Gruen, University of California, Berkeley

“Woolf dissects Greek and Roman ethnological accounts to givea voice to the otherwise silent people Rome conquered and analysesthe role of myths in empire building.”
David Breeze, The University of Edinburgh

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