The Greeks and Us: A Comparative Anthropology of Ancient Greece

The Greeks and Us: A Comparative Anthropology of Ancient Greece

Marcel Detienne


The human race is all too pre-disposed to imagine by way of us and them. Europeans have continuously laid declare to the traditional Greeks they're our Greeks, our ancestors yet their legacy reaches additional than lets ever think. Their impression stretches from the japanese to the Cossacks, from historical Rome to Indonesia.

during this path-breaking new quantity, the nice French historian Marcel Detienne makes a speciality of Eurocentric techniques that have trumpeted the Greeks and their democratic practices as our ancestors and the prevalence of the Western culture to which they gave upward thrust. He argues that such ways could be visible as narrow-minded and sometimes covertly nationalistic. Detienne advocates what he calls comparative anthropology which units out to light up the comparisons and contrasts among the ideals, practices and associations of other historical and sleek societies. Detienne goals to place the Greeks in viewpoint between different civilisations and in addition to appear afresh at questions of political constitution, literacy, nationhood, mind and mythology.

The paintings of Marcel Detienne has made an incredible impression on our considering the Greeks in parts resembling rationality, literacy and mythology, and during this new quantity he demanding situations once more our notion of the Greeks and their impression at the smooth global.

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