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Out of Athens

Out of Athens

The New Ancient Greeks

Page duBois

ISBN 9780674064072

Publication date: 04/02/2012

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The iconoclast of Classics, Page duBois refuses to act as border patrol for a sometimes fiercely protected traditional discipline. Instead, she incorporates insights from postcolonial, psychoanalytic, and postmodern theories into her nuanced close readings of ancient Greek texts. Contemporary theory and ancient texts are mutually transformed in the process. Out of Athens sets ancient Greek culture next to the global ancient world of Vedic India, the Han dynasty in China, and the empires that survived Alexander the Great. DuBois also extends the range of classical studies through illuminating transhistorical juxtapositions—ancients brush elbows with Colette as she performs as a mummy at the Moulin Rouge, or with Kirk Douglas as he appears on the silver screen as Spartacus. She reads the poetry of Sappho, the tattooed body of the sage Epimenides, as well as Athenian tragedy, Buddhist texts set in a post-Alexandrian Bactria, alongside the work of Judith Butler and Alain Badiou. Page duBois establishes a daring agenda for the next generation of Classicists and, for both the intimate friend of Greek texts and the freshly arrived reader, makes ancient Greeks new.


  • This is a book that should be in the hands of every classicist and serious student of civilization -- 'Western' or otherwise.

    —Thomas Habinek, University of Southern California


  • Page duBois is Distinguished Professor of Classics and Comparative Literature at the University of California, San Diego.

Book Details

  • 256 pages
  • 5-13/16 x 9 inches
  • Harvard University Press

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