Race Antiquity and Its Legacy

ISBN-10: 0195381882

ISBN-13: 9780195381887

Edition: 2012

Authors: Denise McCloskey

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The very ubiquity of race and racial discussions encourages the general public to accept the power it exerts as natural and to allow the process by which it has assumed such authority to remain unquestioned. In this study, Denise McCoskey explains the position of race today by unveiling its relation to structures of thought and practice in classical antiquity. This study thus attempts both to account for the role of race in the classical world and also to trace the intricate ways Greek and Roman racial ideologies continue to resonate in modern life. McCoskey uncovers the assorted frameworks that organized and classified human diversity more fundamentally in antiquity. Along the way, she highlights the noteworthy intersections of race with other important social structures, such as gender and class. Underlining the role of race in shaping the ancient world, she ultimately turns to the influence of ancient racial formation on the modern world as well, an influence mediated by the receptions and appropriations of classical antiquity, borrowings that serve to shore up modernity and its continuing, albeit complex, juxtapositions of past and present. In this deft study, McCoskey provides a touchstone for thinking more critically about race's many sites of operation in both ancient and modern eras.
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List price: $24.95
Copyright year: 2012
Publisher: Oxford University Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 5/1/2012
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 196
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.50" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 0.726
Language: English

Denise McCloskey is Associate Professor of Classics, Miami University and co-author of Bound by the City: Greek Tragedy, Sexual Difference, and the Formation of the Polis.

Racial formation
Blacks in antiquity
Lost in translation
Sight unseen
Racial Theory
A world of difference
The ancient environmental theory
Becoming Greek
The Athenian fifth century
The rhapsode of the oikumene
From 'Hellenes' to Hellenism
Alexanders one world?
Becoming Roman
Racial formation and Roman empire
Gauls and Germans
Race as Social Practice
Material culture and racial formation
Egypt under the Ptolemies
Greeks and Egyptians
Racial governmentality
Racial subjectivity
Family in the colonial contest
Egypt under Roman rule
Marriage and army in Roman Egypt
Racial formation and the ancient city
Ancient Jewish identity
The multicultural city boils over
Racial formation and its discontents
Racial Representations
Mapping the self
Viewing the 'other'
Persians and pseudo-Persians
Staging the 'other'
Voicing the 'other'
Displaying the defeated 'other'
'Becoming' the 'other'
Whose History?
Coming to terms with Black Athena
Coming to terms with 'black' Athena
Coming to terms with the ancient Egyptians
From ancient to modern empire
Coming to terms with Roman conquest
Setting new terms: Classica Africana
Conclusion: coming to terms with the classical past
Some Suggestions for Further Reading
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