Mapping Ethnography

Joseph E. Skinner

in The Invention of Greek Ethnography

Published in print September 2012 | ISBN: 9780199793600
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199979677 | DOI:

Series: Greeks Overseas

Mapping Ethnography

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This chapter demonstrates the relatively high levels of interest in and engagement with a wide variety of foreign or mythical peoples in the years prior to the Persian Wars. It then goes on to examine the interlocking systems of knowledge and understanding through which they found order and expression. Mapping out this “ethnography before ethnography” entails consideration of individual categories such as epic poetry and list songs, epithets, and stereotyping. However, it also stresses their essential connectivity within an overarching imaginaire, unhampered by epistemic distinctions that privilege rational and objective prose—“fact” over fiction.

Keywords: knowledge; understanding; epic poetry; list songs; epithets; stereotyping; imaginaire

Chapter.  17959 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Classical History

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