Chapter Thirty-One. Ethnicity and Cultural Exchange

  1. Kurt A. Raaflaub Professor Director2 and
  2. Hans van Wees Professor3
  1. Jonathan M. Hall Professor

Published Online: 17 APR 2009

DOI: 10.1002/9781444308761.ch31

A Companion to Archaic Greece

A Companion to Archaic Greece

How to Cite

Hall, J. M. (2009) Ethnicity and Cultural Exchange, in A Companion to Archaic Greece (eds K. A. Raaflaub and H. van Wees), Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444308761.ch31

Editor Information

  1. 2

    Brown University, USA

  2. 3

    University College London, UK

Author Information

  1. University of Chicago, USA

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 17 APR 2009
  2. Published Print: 10 APR 2009

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9780631230458

Online ISBN: 9781444308761



  • ethnicity and cultural exchange;
  • ethnic and cultural identities;
  • birth of the Hellenes;
  • two moments in the history of Archaic Greece - fostering a sense of Greek identity;
  • Greek settlers - confronted by indigenous populations;
  • Persian War of 480–479 - small coalition of Greek city-states, headed by Sparta, repelling the onslaught of Xerxes' army;
  • Enter the Barbarian - creation of a barbarian antitype facilitating the process of Greek self-definition after Persian War;
  • word barbaros – onomatopoeic, deriving from babblings of non-Greek speakers


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Ethnic and Cultural Identities

  • The Birth of the Hellenes

  • Whose Culture?

  • Enter the Barbarian