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By Eran Almagor,Joseph Skinner

Ethnographic writing has turn into all yet ubiquitous in recent times. even supposing now thought of a completely smooth and more and more crucial box of research, Ethnography's roots pass the entire as far back as antiquity. This quantity brings jointly 11 unique essays exploring the broader highbrow and cultural milieux from which historic ethnography arose, its transformation and improvement in antiquity, and how during which nineteenth century receptions of ethnographic traditions contributed to shaping the trendy examine of the traditional global. eventually, it addresses the level to which a lot of these topics stay inextricably intertwined with transferring and infrequently hugely contested notions of tradition, strength and identification. Its chapters take care of the origins of the time period 'barbarian', the position of ethnography in Tacitus' Germania, Plutarch's Lives, Xenophon's Anabasis, and Athenaeus' Deipnosophistae, Herodotean storytelling, Henry and George Rawlinson, and Megasthenes' treatise on India.

At a time whilst sleek ethnographies have gotten more and more universal, wide-ranging, and experimental of their method of describing cultural distinction, this e-book encourages us to consider historical ethnography in new and engaging methods, highlighting the wealth of fabric to be had for examine and the complexities underpinning historical and smooth notions of what it intended to be Greek, Roman or 'barbarian'.

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