A Companion to Ethnicity in the Ancient Mediterranean (Blackwell Companions to the Ancient World)
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A Companion to Ethnicity in the Ancient Mediterranean presents a comprehensive collection of essays contributed by Classical Studies scholars that explore questions relating to ethnicity in the ancient Mediterranean world.
- Covers topics of ethnicity in civilizations ranging from ancient Egypt and Israel, to Greece and Rome, and into Late Antiquity
- Features cutting-edge research on ethnicity relating to Philistine, Etruscan, and Phoenician identities
- Reveals the explicit relationships between ancient and modern ethnicities
- Introduces an interpretation of ethnicity as an active component of social identity
- Represents a fundamental questioning of formally accepted and fixed categories in the field
(see, in this volume, Chapter 3, titled “Mediterranean Archaeology and Ethnicity,” and Chapter 5, titled “Ancient Ethnicity and Modern Identity”). In opposition to them, the Aones were included into the Boiotian ethnos. Etymologically linked with the terrain close to Thebes, the so-called “Aonian” plain, their name alluded to autochthony. As autochthony implied original rights to the land and as the oldest rights were regarded to be the most serious ones, both the link to autochthony and the
practice in which ancestry links were inherently desirable, since they strengthened existing cultural relationships and rendered cities' collective memories ever richer and more meaningful (Patterson 2010: 162–4). It was in everyone's interest to accept claims that may seem to us absurd, and an excessively critical attitude in any one case might call the whole discourse into question. The one known example of a city questioning another's ethnic fitness for the Panhellenion (Cyrene vs.
divine sentence upon those Jews who had profaned their faith. And he would get his own just deserts. The author knows and records the ignominious death of Pompey on the shores of Egypt (PsSol, 2.1–30; 8.11–22). The poems deliver a severe verdict upon the Roman general as arrogant, hybristic, and brutal (PsSol, 2.6–8, 28–30; 7.11–13; 8.19–21, 17.13). He laid waste the land, showed no mercy to his foes, and mowed down young and old alike. The author seeks divine assistance to drive the invaders
transferred to consuls, who were annual magistrates. (CIL XIII, 1688 col.1) More than a demonstration of the constant innovation that the Roman constitution had undergone, and more than an indulgence of the emperor's own antiquarian interests, the brief survey of rulers emphasizes the ethnic multiplicity of early Rome's kings and prepares the way for Claudius' later valorization of the ethnic multiplicity of his Senatorial audience (Dench 2005: 118; Farney 2007: 229–33). The Roman discourse of
first emperor and those of Mussolini himself. In addition to such publications, archaeological excavations in Rome and abroad (Butrinto) were organized. Moreover, two joint projects were initiated: the restoration of the Ara Pacis and the so-called liberation of the Mausoleum of Augustus. The redesign of the area encompassing the mausoleum, Piazza Augusto Imperatore, was to collocate both monuments, so crucial to Augustan propaganda, in the same urban space, creating a de facto “archaeological