HELLENIC STUDIES SERIES
Cover: Black Doves Speak: Herodotus and the Languages of Barbarians, from Harvard University PressCover: Black Doves Speak in PAPERBACK

Hellenic Studies Series 9

Black Doves Speak

Herodotus and the Languages of Barbarians

Add to Cart

Product Details

PAPERBACK

$14.95 • £11.95 • €13.50

ISBN 9780674017900

Publication Date: 07/29/2005

Short

Center for Hellenic Studies > Hellenic Studies Series

World, subsidiary rights restricted

In Greek thought, barbaroi are utterers of unintelligible or inarticulate sounds. What importance does the text of Herodotus’s Histories attribute to language as a criterion of ethnic identity? The answer to this question illuminates the empirical foundations of Herodotus’s pluralistic worldview. The first translator of cultures also translates, describes, and evaluates foreign speech to a degree unparalleled by other Greek ancient authors. For Herodotus, language is an area of interesting but surprisingly unproblematic difference, which he offers to his audience as a model for coming to terms in a neutral way with other, more emotionally charged, cultural differences.

Recent News

Black lives matter. Black voices matter. A statement from HUP »

From Our Blog

Jacket: A Brief History of Equality, by Thomas Piketty, from Harvard University Press

Five Reasons Why You Should Read Thomas Piketty’s A Brief History of Equality

In his surprising and powerful new work, A Brief History of Equality, Thomas Piketty reminds us that the grand sweep of history gives us reasons to be optimistic. Over the centuries, he shows, we have been moving toward greater equality. We asked him about his impassioned new book: why he wrote it, how it’s optimistic, and what we need to do to continue making progress on creating an equitable world.