Ethnic Constructs in Antiquity

The Role of Power and Tradition

Edited by Ton Derks and Nico Roymans

Ethnic Constructs in Antiquity

Edited by Ton Derks and Nico Roymans

Distributed for Amsterdam University Press

368 pages | 45 halftones | 7 2/3 x 12 | © 2009
Cloth $71.50 ISBN: 9789089640789 Published July 2009 For sale only in the United States, its dependencies, the Philippines, and Canada

This bold and original volume explores themes of ethnicity and ethnogenesis in the societies of the ancient world. It starts with a current view held by many in the social and historical sciences, namely that ethnicity is a subjective concept shaped through an interaction with the ethnic other. The thirteen essays collected here analyze historical, epigraphic, and archaeological source material in order to consider the dynamic nature of ethnic formations over time, and range thematically from archaic Greece to early medieval Western Europe.



Ton Derks / Nico Roymans

Ethnic Expression on the Early Iron Age and Early Archaic Greek Mainland                                 

Where Should We Be Looking?

Catherine Morgan

The Ionians in the Archaic Period. Shifting Identities in a Changing World                          

Jan Paul Crielaard

From Athenian Identity to European Ethnicity. The Cultural Biography of the Myth of Marathon    

Hans-Joachim Gehrke

Multi-ethnicity and Ethnic Segregation in Hellenistic Babylon                                                        

Bert van der Spek

The Galatians in the Roman Empire. Historical Tradition and Ethnic Identity in

Hellenistic and Roman Asia Minor                                                                                             

Karl Strobel

Material Culture and Plural Identity in Early Roman Southern Italy                                     

Douwe Yntema

Foundation Myths in Roman Palestine. Traditions and Reworkings                                    

Nicole Belayche

Ethnic Discourses on the Frontiers of Roman Africa                                                                    

Dick Whittaker

Cruptorix and His Kind. Talking Ethnicity on the Middle Ground                                                      

Greg Woolf

Hercules and the Construction of a Batavian Identity in the Context of the Roman empire    

Nico Roymans

Ethnic Identity in the Roman Frontier. The Epigraphy of Batavi and Other Lower Rhine Tribes         

Ton Derks

Grave Goods, Ethnicity, and the Rhetoric of Burial Rites in Late Antique Northern Gaul                    

Frans Theuws

The Early-Medieval Use of Ethnic Names from Classical Antiquity. The Case of the Frisians  

Jos Bazelmans

Index of Names

List of Contributors

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