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Title: Ethnic Identity and the Community of the Hellenes
Subtitle: A Review
Author(s): MITCHELL, Lynette G.
Journal: Ancient West & East
Volume: 4    Issue: 2   Date: 2005   
Pages: 409-420
DOI: 10.2143/AWE.4.2.3291770

Abstract :
This review of Jonathan Hall’s monograph considers his limited definition of ethnicity, and suggests that Hellenic identity in Greece in the Archaic period was defined though cult as well as kinship. It also questions Hall’s assertion that Hellenic identity was formed through the political manipulations of the Thessalians, and argues that the processes that crystallised Hellenic identity involved the joint forces of aggregation and definition through difference. On this analysis, the value of Hall’s limited definition of ethnicity as a means of analysing Hellenic identity in the Archaic and Classical periods is doubted.

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