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Comparative Approaches to the Study of Culture

G. E. R. Lloyd

in The Oxford Handbook of Hellenic Studies

Published in print August 2009 | ISBN: 9780199286140
Published online September 2012 | | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/oxfordhb/9780199286140.013.0056

Series: Oxford Handbooks in Classics and Ancient History

Comparative Approaches to the Study of Culture

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Appealing to Herodotus, who should perhaps be considered the father of cultural anthropology as much as of history, this article resists an extreme position which relativizes concepts of originality and authenticity out of existence. Nevertheless, it shows that the study of Hellenic culture always involves comparative anthropology: one can look harder and see more, but what one sees is always the view from where he is. Indeed, one must put himself in the frame by selecting the object of the study to begin with.

Keywords: Herodotus; cultural anthropology; Hellenic culture; comparative anthropology

Article.  4484 words. 

Subjects: Classical Studies ; Ancient Greek History ; Classical Philosophy

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