• The Ancient Origin of the East/West Controversy

    Author(s):
    Jon Wikene Iddeng (see profile)
    Date:
    2007
    Subject(s):
    Greece, History, Ancient, Romans, Orientalism
    Item Type:
    Book chapter
    Tag(s):
    Ancient Greek history, Ancient history, Ancient Roman
    Permanent URL:
    http://dx.doi.org/10.17613/M6CR7S
    Abstract:
    This short account tries to show that the stereotype of the barbarians and an anti-Eastern discourse was developed in the literate culture of the Greeks in classical times, based on a genuine fear of the Persians, but also on an increasing smugness. The attitude towards the East was handed down to the Romans and occasionally exploited for political, private or satirical purposes by writers throughout antiquity, and thus prevailed for all those who could read. ‘The light from the Acropolis’ has never illuminated its Near Eastern neighbours, rather a nefarious shadow was cast on the East that has proved hard to dispose of.
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