GRC0904 Race Study Guide Spring 2011

GRC0904 Race Study Guide Spring 2011 - GRC 0904 (Honors)...

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GRC 0904 (Honors) Race in the Ancient Mediterranean STUDY GUIDE for Quizzes / Discussions 1 Greeks and Greek Ethnic Identity • From where do the Dorian Greeks originate, according to Herodotus? What is the origin of the Ionians? • Who are the Pelasgians, and how did some of them Hellenize (become “Greek”)? • What role does location, language, or common ritual play in Ionian or Dorian ethnic identity? • What institutions (religious or other) do these ethnic groups participate in? How do they function as vehicles of inclusiveness or exclusiveness? • How does Kleisthenes, tyrant of Sicyon, construct a “new” identity for the Sicyonians? What does this say about the markers of “Dorian” identity? Are these markers ascriptive (inherited) or constructed? • From your reading: what general characteristics / qualities does Herodotus use to determine ethnicity? • Does he see ethnicity as fixed or as a social construct? • What are the four (4) prominent characteristics that define Greekness, according to Herodotus? Lydians, Greeks and Etruscan Origins • What do the stories about Candaules and the other kings of Lydia (Croesus included) tell you about Lydian culture or ways of thinking about the world? • In what ways do Lydians—men and women—differ from Greeks? In what ways are they similar? • If we can assume that cultural interchange went on between Greeks and Lydians, which cultural habits or norms of the Lydians appear to have been adopted by the Greeks? Which ones were rejected? Why? • What role does Herodotus’ story of Lydian migration play in the modern debate on Etruscan origins? Is their evidence—and if so, what type?—for or against the story’s veracity? Persia and Her Subject Nations • What are some of the broad characteristics that Herodotus attributes to the Persians and Medes? • How do Persians differ from Medes (if at all)? From Greeks (in dress, custom, religion, etc.)? • What are some of the broad characteristics that Herodotus attributes to the subject peoples of Persia? (food ways, clothing, speech, marriage, religious customs, gods worshipped, omen-taking rituals, etc.) Babylonians Persians Scythians Massagetae Indians • What does he say in particular about the Persian view of their subject peoples? • How do Persians view Greeks and their habits (including, e.g., the way they conduct commerce)? • What does Herodotus have to say about Babylonian marriage customs and female service to Astarte?
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This note was uploaded on 03/31/2011 for the course GRC 0904 taught by Professor Kondratieff during the Spring '11 term at Temple.

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GRC0904 Race Study Guide Spring 2011 - GRC 0904 (Honors)...

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