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Revealing Antiquity #12: Kinship Diplomacy in the Ancient World

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Heroic figures such as Heracles, Perseus, and Jason were seen by the Greeks not as mythical figures but as real people who in a bygone age traveled the world, settled new lands, and left descendants who, generation after generation, could trace their ancestry back to the "time of heroes." From the Homeric age to Byzantium, peoples and nations sharing the same fictive ancestry appealed to their kinship when forging military alliances, settling disputes, or negotiating trade connections. In this intriguing study of the political uses of perceived kinship, Christopher Jones gives us an unparalleled view of mythic belief in action.

Throughout the centuries of Greek preeminence, the Roman Republic and Empire, and into the early Christian era, examples of kinship diplomacy abound. Ancient historians report, for instance, that when the forces of Alexander the Great reached what is now southern Pakistan they encountered a people called the Siboi, whom they judged to be descendants of Heracles. Since Alexander was himself a descendant of the same hero, the invading Macedonians and the Siboi were clearly kinsmen and so parted in peace. Examining the very origins of ancient diplomacy, and kinship as one of its basic constituents, Kinship Diplomacy addresses fundamental questions about communal and national identity and sheds new light on the force of Greek mythic traditions.

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From the Homeric age to Byzantium, peoples and nations sharing the same fictive ancestry appealed to their kinship when forging military alliances, settling disputes, or negotiating trade connections. In this intriguing study of the political uses of perceived kinship, Christopher Jones gives us an unparalleled view of mythic belief in action and addresses fundamental questions about communal and national identity.

About the Author

Christopher P. Jones is George Martin Lane Professor of the Classics and of History, Emeritus, Harvard University.

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Product Details

ISBN:
9780674505278
Author:
Jones, Christopher P.
Author:
Jones, C. P.
Publisher:
Harvard University Press
Location:
Cambridge, Massachusetts
Subject:
History
Subject:
Sociology - Marriage & Family
Subject:
Ancient - General
Subject:
Greece
Subject:
Rome
Subject:
Kinship
Subject:
Civilization, greco-roman
Subject:
Kinship -- Rome -- History.
Subject:
Rome Foreign relations.
Subject:
World History-Ancient History
Copyright:
Series:
Revealing Antiquity
Series Volume:
Volume 12
Publication Date:
June 1999
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
5 halftones
Pages:
208
Dimensions:
9 x 5 in 12 oz

Related Subjects

History and Social Science » Politics » United States » Foreign Policy
History and Social Science » Sociology » Children and Family
History and Social Science » World History » Ancient History

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"Synopsis" by , From the Homeric age to Byzantium, peoples and nations sharing the same fictive ancestry appealed to their kinship when forging military alliances, settling disputes, or negotiating trade connections. In this intriguing study of the political uses of perceived kinship, Christopher Jones gives us an unparalleled view of mythic belief in action and addresses fundamental questions about communal and national identity.
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