Friday, January 28, 2011

Rethinking the Other in Antiquity

A review of a new book of that title that does much to "shake a widely shared historical belief," that "introduce[s] us to a kinder, gentler ancient world," and "confirms how even back then, tossing people into a category and then hating them en masse was a choice, not an evolutionary necessity" — Us vs. Them: Good News From the Ancients! I guess we moderns aren't as special as we like to think we are.

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