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A better half to Ethnicity within the historic Mediterranean offers a complete selection of essays contributed by means of Classical reports students that discover questions in relation to ethnicity within the old Mediterranean global.

Covers issues of ethnicity in civilizations starting from historic Egypt and Israel, to Greece and Rome, and into overdue Antiquity
• beneficial properties state of the art examine on ethnicity on the subject of Philistine, Etruscan, and Phoenician identities
• finds the categorical relationships among old and glossy ethnicities
• Introduces an interpretation of ethnicity as an lively section of social id
• Represents a primary wondering of officially authorized and glued different types within the box

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To begin to understand the Persica we need to attempt to contextualize Ctesias’ 85 Cawkwell 2005, 14–15. 86 A good overview of Plutarch’s relationship with history is provided by Pelling 1998 and 2002. See also focused comments by Duff 2003, 112. 31 INTRODUCTION writing both in terms of the broader picture of Greek and Near Eastern investigations into the past and of how Ctesias himself might have conceptualized his work. 87 But this is not quite true. We have already seen that modern scholarship is divided on the level of Ctesias’ dependability; ancient criticism of Ctesias is similarly divided.

Thus in his important study 67 Sancisi-Weerdenburg 1987a, 43–44. 68 Said 1978, 12. However, another branch of scholarship rejects Said’s definition of ‘Orientalism’ and argues that the West has always been capable of seeing beyond the clichés of an imaginary East and that the West has, for many centuries, tried to understand its Eastern neighbours through the serious study and exploration of the languages, cultures and societies of the Orient. They say that the negative connotations Said sees in his definition of ‘Orientalism’ are overplayed, and that the appellation ‘Orientalist’ should be divorced from the negative connotations that have become associated with it since 1978.

Artaxerxes himself is portrayed on the one hand as an envious tyrant, but as a thoughtful ruler on the other; likewise Parysatis oscillates between love of honour and devotion for her younger son Cyrus and passionate hatred for his enemies. 3). Moreover Plutarch’s Hellenocentric tendency becomes apparent in his criticism of the so-called ‘King’s Peace’ – the treaty made 115 Plutarch, Moralia, 874 B–C. 116 Pelling 1998, 18–19, 243–247. 117 It is clear that Plutarch used Ctesias’ Persica freely, but was willing to criticise the work where it departed from his own agenda.

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