The mirror of Herodotus: The representation of the other in by François Hartog

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By François Hartog

Herodotus's nice paintings is not just an account of the momentous old clash among the Greeks and the Persians but in addition the earliest sustained exploration within the West of the matter of cultural distinction. François Hartog asks basic questions on how Herodotus represented this distinction. How did he and his readers comprehend the customs and ideology of these who weren't Greek? How did the historian persuade his readers that his account of different peoples used to be trustworthy? How is it attainable to understand a lifestyle substantially various from one's personal? What are the linguistic, rhetorical, and philosophical potential during which Herodotus models his textual content right into a replicate of the marginal and unknown? In answering those questions, Hartog transforms our figuring out of the "father of history." His Herodotus is much less the chronicler of a effective Greece than an excellent author in pursuit of otherness.

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Higgins, A Geological Companion to Greece and the Aegean (). . The fact that the book maintains this distinction with such firmness and clarity is one of the many merits of Amanda Claridge’s excellent Rome: An Oxford Archaeological Guide (). 8 But the prime case, extremely relevant to at least some of the essays in this volume, must be the study of ancient Rome itself. In terms of style of approach and of interpretation, the tone has been set by Filippo Coarelli, whose work is not essentially archaeological, in the sense of the excavation and analysis of objects, but interpretative, in combining very detailed topographical knowledge, and a profound sense of place, with the use of written evidence.

Beyond these would lie the question of dependence on household production for subsistence, or alternatively of access to markets for food, and dependence or otherwise on the market for access to manufactured goods, furniture, or clothing. As indicated already, virtually the entire geographical area which saw the flourishing of Graeco-Roman civilisation, a period which in terms of human history is very recent indeed, has left a vast stock of physical evidence, from potsherds to buildings to organic remains, which is potentially relevant to all these questions.

It remains the case that the joint text still needs detailed study from many points of view—linguistic, institutional, cultural, and political. For the Senatus consultum all that is already provided, in the exemplary publication by W. Eck, A. Caballos, and F. Fernández, Das Senatus Consultum de Cn. Pisone Patre (), with the review article by M. Griffin, ‘‘The Senate’s Story,’’ JRS  (): , and the special issue of the American Journal of Philology, edited by C. Damon and S. Takács, The Senatus Consultum de Cn.

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