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Black Doves Speak: Herodotus and the Languages of Barbarians (Hellenic Studies) (Hellenic Studies Series)

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    Rosaria Munson (Author)

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In Greek thought, barbaroi are utterers of unintelligible or inarticulate sounds. What importance does the text of Herodotus's Histories attribute to language as a criterion of ethnic identity? The answer to this question illuminates the empirical foundations of Herodotus's pluralistic worldview. The first translator of cultures also translates, describes, and evaluates foreign speech to a degree unparalleled by other Greek ancient authors. For Herodotus, language is an area of interesting but surprisingly unproblematic difference, which he offers to his audience as a model for coming to terms in a neutral way with other, more emotionally charged, cultural differences.
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  • PDF | 100 pages
  • Rosaria Munson (Author)
  • Harvard University Press (26 July 2005)
  • English
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