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The Archaeology of Difference: Gender, Ethnicity, Class and the "Other" in Antiquity: Studies in Honor of Eric M. Meyers
Edwards, Douglas†R. and C.†Thomas McCollough, editors

Boston: American Schools of Oriental Research, 2007 pp. xiii + 416. $124.95

Series Information
Annual of the American Schools of Oriental Research, 60/61


Description: What distinguishes an individual or a group in ancient society? How do issues of gender, ethnicity, social stratification and the view of the 'other' impact individuals, groups, and societal attitudes? Foucault in his classic work, The Archaeology of Knowledge, observes that layers of information embedded in language and society often elucidate the unspoken assumptions that individuals, groups or societies hold most dear. What is perceived to distinguish one group can carry such symbolic power that whole societies structure their laws, gender roles, ethnic identities, and views toward the "other" in the light of perceived differences. The ancient world was dominated by such differences. Clothing, hair, costume, housing, gender, religion, set apart one from the other. Ascertaining the rules governing difference in antiquity is challenging. Such rules were generally assumed, not clearly delineated. To determine "the archaeology of difference" the studies in this volume draw on textual and material culture. How does archaeological data illuminate gender or ethnicity or interactions and views of the "other"? What in the archaeological evidence elucidates the attitude toward women's role in society or Jewish perspectives on the Gentiles or attitudes toward the dead? What in texts illuminates the "other" especially as it relates to the writer's or narrator's perception?

Subjects: Methods, Historical Approaches, History, Archaeology

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Review by Cynthia M. Baker
Published 7/5/2008
Citation: Cynthia M. Baker, review of Douglas R. Edwards and C. Thomas McCollough, eds., The Archaeology of Difference: Gender, Ethnicity, Class and the "Other" in Antiquity: Studies in Honor of Eric M. Meyers, Review of Biblical Literature [http://www.bookreviews.org] (2008).


Review by Aren M. Maeir
Published 7/12/2008
Citation: Aren M. Maeir, review of Douglas R. Edwards and C. Thomas McCollough, eds., The Archaeology of Difference: Gender, Ethnicity, Class and the "Other" in Antiquity: Studies in Honor of Eric M. Meyers, Review of Biblical Literature [http://www.bookreviews.org] (2008).


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