ナイルの賜物:エジプトのギリシア化<br>The Gift of the Nile : Hellenizing Egypt from Aeschylus to Alexander (Classics and Contemporary Thought)

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ナイルの賜物:エジプトのギリシア化
The Gift of the Nile : Hellenizing Egypt from Aeschylus to Alexander (Classics and Contemporary Thought)

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  • 製本 Hardcover:ハードカバー版/ページ数 346 p.
  • 言語 ENG,ENG
  • 商品コード 9780520228207
  • DDC分類 932.0072038

基本説明

Looking in particular at issues of identity, otherness, and cultural anxiety, Vasunia shows how Greek authors constructed an image of Egypt that reflected their own attitudes and prejudices about Greece itself.

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The Egyptians mesmerized the ancient Greeks for scores of years. The Greek literature and art of the classical period are especially thick with representations of Egypt and Egyptians. Yet despite numerous firsthand contacts with Egypt, Greek writers constructed their own Egypt, one that differed in significant ways from actual Egyptian history, society, and culture. Informed by recent work on orientalism and colonialism, this book unravels the significance of these misrepresentations of Egypt in the Greek cultural imagination in the fifth and fourth centuries B.C.E. Looking in particular at issues of identity, otherness, and cultural anxiety, Phiroze Vasunia shows how Greek authors constructed an image of Egypt that reflected their own attitudes and prejudices about Greece itself. He focuses his discussion on Aeschylus Suppliants; Book 2 of Herodotus; Euripides' Helen; Plato's Phaedrus, Timaeus, and Critias; and Isocrates' Busiris.Reconstructing the history of the bias that informed these writings, Vasunia shows that Egypt in these works was shaped in relation to Greek institutions, values, and ideas on such subjects as gender and sexuality, death, writing, and political and ethnic identity. This study traces the tendentiousness of Greek representations by introducing comparative Egyptian material, thus interrogating the Greek texts and authors from a cross-cultural perspective. A final chapter also considers the invasion of Egypt by Alexander the Great and shows how he exploited and revised the discursive tradition in his conquest of the country. Firmly and knowledgeably rooted in classical studies and the ancient sources, this study takes a broad look at the issue of cross-cultural exchange in antiquity by framing it within the perspective of contemporary cultural studies. In addition, this provocative and original work shows how Greek writers made possible literary Europe's most persistent and adaptable obsession: the barbarian.

Table of Contents

Series Editor's Foreword                           vii
Acknowledgments xi
Chronology of Ancient Egypt xiii
Introduction 1 (1)
Framing the Issues 1 (9)
Sources-and a Blueprint 10 (10)
Historical Background 20 (13)
The Tragic Egyptian 33 (42)
Splitting the Danaids 40 (3)
Egypt as Locus for Male Fertility 43 (4)
Blackness and Death 47 (6)
Marrying the Egyptians 53 (5)
Doubles in Helen 58 (6)
To Die For 64 (11)
Space and Otherness 75 (35)
The Pharaoh's Space 77 (10)
Mapping Egypt 87 (5)
Symmetry and Inversion 92 (8)
The Traveler's Eye 100 (3)
Egyptian Space 103 (7)
In An Antique Land 110 (26)
Absolute History 112 (5)
The Legacies of the Past 117 (4)
Egypt and the Trojan War 121 (5)
Egyptian Time 126 (5)
In an Antique Land 131 (5)
Writing Egyptian Writing 136 (47)
Graphomania 138 (4)
The Tyrant's Writ 142 (4)
The Gods of Writing 146 (9)
Plato's Grammatology 155 (4)
Egyptian Writing 159 (17)
Writing and Control 176 (7)
Reading Isocrates' Busiris 183 (33)
Busiris the Egyptian 185 (8)
Reading Isocrates' Speech 193 (6)
The Paradox of Parody 199 (8)
Isocrates, Plato, Athens 207 (9)
Plato's Egyptian Story 216 (32)
A Graphic History 218 (8)
From Isocrates to Crantor 226 (10)
Athens and Atlantis 236 (12)
Alexander's Conquest and the Force of 248 (41)
Tradition
Greeks and Macedonians 252 (1)
Homer and Alexander 253 (3)
Herodotus and Alexander 256 (5)
Aristotle and Alexander 261 (4)
The Conquest of Egypt 265 (17)
Epilogue 282 (7)
Appendix: Fragmentary Greek Historians on 289 (18)
Egypt, to 332 B.C.E.
Abbreviations 307 (2)
Bibliography 309 (28)
Index 337