What makes Classics "global", and what does it mean to study the ancient world "globally"? How can the study of antiquity contribute to our understanding of pressing global issues? Global Classics addresses these questions by pursuing a transdisciplinary dialogue between Classics and Global Studies.
Authoritative and engaging, this book provides the first field-wide synthesis of the recent "global turn" in Classics as well as a comprehensive overview of an emerging field in ancient studies. Through focused readings of ancient sources and modern scholarship, the author introduces readers to three key paradigms that are essential to research and teaching in global antiquities: transborder, transhistorical, and transdisciplinary.
Global Classics will appeal to educators, students, and scholars interested in the application of globalization theories and paradigms in ancient studies, in globalizing their teaching and research, and in approaches to contemporary global issues through the study of the remote past.
Table of Contents
What is "Global Studies"?
What is "Global Classics"?
Scope and Outline of the Book
Locating the "Global" in Antiquity
Global and Ecumenical in Polybius
Globalization at Ai Khanoum
Time and Place
Tradition, Reception, and Beyond
Holism, Ecumenicism, and the Global
Toward a "Critical" Global Classics
Jacques A. Bromberg is Assistant Professor of Classics at the University of Pittsburgh (USA). His research covers ancient disciplinarity, the Socratic tradition, classical receptions in Latin America, and globalization studies, and he is founding editor of the open-access journal Global Antiquities.
"Global Classics provides a timely and thoughtful intervention at a critical moment in the field’s history. In this concise book, Bromberg synthesizes the global turn in Classics that has been underway and highlights exciting new ways for the field to continue to grow for the better... [It] is a compelling call to action for the field of Classics. Practicing what he preaches, Bromberg uses a wide range of evidence, methodologies and theories to model a new direction for the field that engages global issues across time, space and discipline... [T]his small, yet stirring book will surely inspire further work that disrupts traditional frameworks and paradigms to elucidate exciting new insights in and beyond classical antiquity. The usefulness of Global Classics lies in its blend of syntheses of intellectual developments at the intersection of Classics and Global Studies, critical analyses of materials from both fields, and encouraging suggestions on ways to merge the two fields in an issue-based approach. Global Classics is thus valuable for scholars at all levels and I would especially recommend teaching it in upper level undergraduate and graduate courses. Bromberg’s book has amplified the call to globalize classics and all generations should indeed join in answering it." - Bryn Mawr Classical Review
"Faced with threats to the funding of university Classics programmes and urgent calls to diversify and decolonise the subject, few would dispute this book’s claim that Classics and its cognate academic disciplines stand at a crossroads. [Bromberg's] concise yet wide-ranging volume provides a timely and powerful statement on why globalising Classics can help to address these pressing challenges... Global Classics leaves the reader with much food for thought. [Bromberg] has certainly succeeded in creating a new transdisciplinary vision that is at once optimistic, sustainable and compelling. It offers valuable critical perspectives on ‘globalising Classics’ for both newcomers to the field and seasoned trailblazers who may be less aware of the wider scope of research on the subject and indeed its relevance beyond more specialised lines of inquiry." - The Classical Review