By Jonathan M. Hall

ISBN-10: 052158017X

ISBN-13: 9780521580175

The aim of this booklet is to teach that the ethnic teams of historic Greece, like many ethnic teams through the international this day, weren't finally racial, linguistic, non secular or cultural, yet social teams whose "origins" in extraneous territories have been simply as usually imagined as they have been genuine. this can be the 1st examine to regard the topic from a really interdisciplinary viewpoint, embracing literature, delusion, archaeology, linguistics and social anthropology. It additionally outlines the background of the examine of ethnicity in Greek antiquity.

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One should rather make the subtle distinction between a situation which views birth as determining one's identity, and one in which an individual's identity is justified by reference to descent. In fact, ethnic identity can sometimes be a matter of an achieved status which vests itself in the garb of an ascribed one. This happens where an individual manages successfully to persuade his or her peers that s / he fulfils the criteria for ethnic inclusion, regardless of any objective considerations.

Thus, while Sparta claimed to belong to the Dorian genos, so did the neighbouring poleis of Messene and Argos, as well as more remote cities such as Kerkyra or Syracuse.

33 It is an ethnic indicium, rather than an ethnic criterion, and like other ethnic indicia its significance may be volatile both over time and through space. Likewise, religious affiliation is not always a satisfactory basis for defining ethnic groups. 35 Perhaps the observation that there is little or no linguistic differentiation between the Catholics and Protestants of Belfast goes some way to explaining the significance attached to religious affilia28 Chambers and Trudgill 1980, 12223. 29 Geary 1983, 20.

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