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- 20 July 2023,
- In 1958, Patrick Leigh Fermor’s enchanting travelogue Mani: Travels in the Southern Peloponnese appeared on bookshelves.
- 20 July 2023,
- Classical Review publishes hundreds of reviews every year. The books reviewed in our journal run the full range of topics related to antiquity and its reception;...
- 04 July 2023,
- At the end of the Greek Bronze Age, between c.1400-1200 BCE, the Mycenaean palaces of Crete and mainland Greece used small clay tablets to keep their accounting...
- 25 September 2023,
- In the classic 1975 film Monty Python and the Holy Grail, one scene sees King Arthur debate with two self-proclaimed anarcho-syndicalist peasants, who The post Political Peasants? Local authority in late medieval and early modern England first appeared on Fifteen Eighty Four | Cambridge University Press....
- 13 September 2023,
- How did past environments, objects, and people smell? What can aromas and stenches tell us about history and culture? Scents of China takes you on a smell-walk The post Chinese History through the Nose first appeared on Fifteen Eighty Four | Cambridge University Press....
- 28 August 2023,
- How modern is the concept of a posthuman, mechanical body which extends beyond its flesh and skin and interacts with inorganic material to the extent of blurring The post Rethinking the Human Body: Human-Machinic Intersections in the Greco-Roman World first appeared on Fifteen Eighty Four | Cambridge University Press....
Color Us Greek
While it’s too much to imagine that those endlessly fascinating Greek ancestors of ours were color-blind, they most certainly were keen on marking difference, linguistically and geographically. But what about “racially?” What was “blackness” to a citizen of Ancient Greece, and what did the blackness of Sub-Saharan Africans, in fact, signify? And what in the world did an “Ethiopian” such as Memnon, whose people were favored by the gods, appear to be physically in the Greek imagination? Speculation about such complex matters has never elicited more energetic speculation and wishful thinking from scholars, journalists, and filmmakers than today, who inevitably read Greek attitudes toward physical differences through the lens of black-white race relations in the West today. Which is why Sarah Derbew’s Untangling Blackness in Greek Antiquity is a most welcome corrective to the school of Afrocentricity that would paint even Greek-descended Cleopatra black. Bringing deep learning and calm, convincing reasoning to a politically-loaded subject is always difficult. But Professor Derbew accomplishes this task with eloquence, grace, and hard-hitting analytical skills that make this book must reading for all of us who long to know how racial differences manifested themselves in the sublime culture from which we all descend.