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1st Edition

Greeks and Barbarians

Edited By

Thomas Harrison

ISBN 9780415939591
Published November 9, 2001 by Routledge
288 Pages

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Book Description

Greeks and Barbarians examines ancient Greek conceptions of the "other." The attitudes of Greeks to foreigners and there religions, and cultures, and politics reveals as much about the Greeks as it does the world they inhabited. Despite occasional interest in particular aspects of foreign customs, the Greeks were largely hostile and dismissive viewing foreigners as at best inferior, but more often as candidates for conquest and enslavement.


"Altogether these 12 papers give a coherent view on a number of aspects of the relations between Greeks and barbarians. The purposes outlined in the Introduction are fully met. Moreover, the book is well-edited, both textually and in appearance.

...I think that for both [classicists or ancient-historians] this book should be obligatory reading..." -- Jan P. Stronk, University of Amsterdam