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Ethnography After Antiquity

Foreign Lands and Peoples in Byzantine Literature


Συγγραφέας: Kaldellis Anthony
Εκδότης: University of Pennsylvania Press
ISBN: 9780812245318
Σειρά βιβλίου: Empire and After
Αριθμός Σελίδων: 288
Διαστάσεις: 23x3x15
Έτος Έκδοσης: 2013

Σύνοψη του βιβλίου "Ethnography After Antiquity"

Although Greek and Roman authors wrote ethnographic texts describing foreign cultures, ethnography seems to disappear from Byzantine literature after the seventh century C.E.-a perplexing exception for a culture so strongly self-identified with the Roman empire. Yet the Byzantines, geographically located at the heart of the upheavals that led from the ancient to the modern world, had abundant and sophisticated knowledge of the cultures with which they struggled and bargained. Ethnography After Antiquity examines both the instances and omissions of Byzantine ethnography, exploring the political and religious motivations for writing (or not writing) about other peoples. Through the ethnographies embedded in classical histories, military manuals, Constantine VII's De administrando imperio, and religious literature, Anthony Kaldellis shows Byzantine authors using accounts of foreign cultures as vehicles to critique their own state or to demonstrate Romano-Christian superiority over Islam. He comes to the startling conclusion that the Byzantines did not view cultural differences through a purely theological prism: their Roman identity, rather than their orthodoxy, was the vital distinction from cultures they considered heretic and barbarian. Filling in the previously unexplained gap between antiquity and the resurgence of ethnography in the late Byzantine period, Ethnography After Antiquity offers new perspective on how Byzantium positioned itself with and against the dramatically shifting world.


Συγγραφέας/εις: Kaldellis Anthony
Κατηγορία: ιστορία
Σειρά βιβλίου: Empire and After
ISBN: 9780812245318
Ημερ/νία έκδοσης: 25/07/2013
Εξώφυλλο: Hardback
Σελίδες: 288
Τόπος έκδοσης: Pennsylvania
Χώρα έκδοσης: United States
Βάρος βιβλίου: 544 gr
Διαστάσεις βιβλίου: 23x3x15 cm

Περιεχόμενα

Preface Chapter 1. Ethnography in Late Antique Historiography Chapter 2. Byzantine Information-Gathering Behind the Veil of Silence Chapter 3. Explaining the Relative Decline of Ethnography in the Middle Period Chapter 4. The Genres and Politics of Middle Byzantine Ethnography Chapter 5. Ethnography in Palaiologan Literature Epilogue: Looking to a New World List of Abbreviations Notes Bibliography Index Acknowledgments

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