New PDF release: A Companion to Ethnicity in the Ancient Mediterranean

ISBN-10: 1118834135

ISBN-13: 9781118834138

A significant other to Ethnicity within the old Mediterranean offers a accomplished number of essays contributed by means of Classical reviews students that discover questions when it comes to ethnicity within the historical Mediterranean global.

Covers subject matters of ethnicity in civilizations starting from historical Egypt and Israel, to Greece and Rome, and into past due Antiquity
• gains state-of-the-art examine on ethnicity with regards to Philistine, Etruscan, and Phoenician identities
• finds the specific relationships among historical and smooth ethnicities
• Introduces an interpretation of ethnicity as an lively part of social id
• Represents a basic wondering of officially approved and stuck different types within the box

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The extent to which the Others share with the individual Self patterns of social interaction, common systems of communication, and the motivation to act as a group enhances the elaboration of an overarching frame for group activities: culture. Modern humans’ adaptation to their environment is not the result of a plan laid down by some individuals in the remote past. Rather, it results from identity as an inner force, promoting the entire cultural enterprise. Identity is a complex mechanism that provides an individual with the capacity to make choices in decision-making.

Similar jibes were directed at the Jews in the Roman period, but, as Erich Gruen demonstrates, such remarks do not amount to a coherent dichotomy, with Jews and Romans standing implacably on opposite sides of the divide. As in other places and instances, entanglement complicates the picture: “Godfearers,” gentiles drawn to Jewish practices, and manumitted Jewish slaves bequeathing Roman citizenship to their children are examples of the nuance and complexity that was at the heart of the relationship between Jews and Romans.

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