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The Routledge Handbook of Identity and the Environment in the Classical and Medieval Worlds

Edited by: Rebecca Futo Kennedy , Molly Jones-Lewis

Print publication date:  December  2015
Online publication date:  January  2016

Print ISBN: 9780415738057
eBook ISBN: 9781315686622
Adobe ISBN: 9781317415701

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The Routledge Handbook of Identity and the Environment in the Classical and Medieval Worlds explores how environment was thought to shape ethnicity and identity, discussing developments in early natural philosophy and historical ethnographies. Defining ‘environment’ broadly to include not only physical but also cultural environments, natural and constructed, the volume considers the multifarious ways in which environment was understood to shape the culture and physical characteristics of peoples, as well as how the ancients manipulated their environments to achieve a desired identity. This diverse collection includes studies not only of the Greco-Roman world, but also ancient China and the European, Jewish and Arab inheritors and transmitters of classical thought.

In recent years, work in this subject has been confined mostly to the discussion of texts that reflect an approach to the barbarian as ‘other’. The Routledge Handbook of Identity and the Environment in the Classical and Medieval Worlds takes the discussion of ethnicity on a fresh course, contextualising the concept of the barbarian within rational discourses such as cartography, medicine, and mathematical sciences, an approach that allows us to more clearly discern the varied and nuanced approaches to ethnic identity which abounded in antiquity. The innovative and thought-provoking material in this volume realises new directions in the study of identity in the Classical and Medieval worlds.

Table of contents

Prelims Download PDF
Chapter  1:  Introduction Download PDF
Chapter  2:  Airs, Waters, Metals, Earth Download PDF
Chapter  3:  The Ecology of Health in Herodotus, Dicaearchus, and Agatharchides Download PDF
Chapter  4:  The Invention and Application of Ethnic Deformity Download PDF
Chapter  5:  Ethnic Bodies Download PDF
Chapter  6:  Health as a Criterion in Ancient Ethnological Schemes Download PDF
Chapter  7:  The Fixed and the Fluent Download PDF
Chapter  8:  The Greek Theory of Climate in Medieval Jewish Thought Download PDF
Chapter  9:  Colonisation, Nostos and the Foreign Environment in Xenophon’s Anabasis  Download PDF
Chapter  10:  The World in a Pill Download PDF
Chapter  11:  Vitruvius, Landscape and Heterotopias Download PDF
Chapter  12:  Tribal Identity in the Roman World Download PDF
Chapter  13:  Overcoming Environmental Determinism Download PDF
Chapter  14:  Who Reads the Stars? Origen of Alexandria on Ethnic Reasoning and Astrological Discourse Download PDF
Chapter  15:  Climate and Courage Download PDF
Chapter  16:  Nationality, Religious Belief, Geographical Identity, and Sociopolitical Awareness in Abraham Ibn Ezra’s Astrological Thought Download PDF
Chapter  17:  The Lost Origins of the Daylamites Download PDF
Chapter  18:  Location and Dislocation in Early Greek Geography and Ethnography Download PDF
Chapter  19:  The Terrain of Autochthony Download PDF
Chapter  20:  Modeling Ethnicity Download PDF
Chapter  21:  Those Happy People Download PDF
Chapter  22:  ‘Ugly as Sin’ Download PDF
Chapter  23:  “Their Lands are Peripheral and their QI is Blocked Up” Download PDF
Chapter  24:  The Monstrous Races of India in the Early Stages of Reconnaissance Download PDF
Index Download PDF
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