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IAS Fellows’ Seminar – Scientific Racism and the quest for Greek Racial Origins in the early 20th Century, by Professor Denise McCoskey (Miami University)

October 9, 2023 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

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IAS Fellows’ Seminar by Professor Denise McCoskey (Miami University)


As scientific approaches were increasingly applied to the study of human variation throughout the nineteenth-century, they would come to have an enormous impact on the study of history as wellThis seminar examines the specific ways contemporary ideas about race and the attendant methods of racial classification influenced classical scholars’ quest to identify the racial origins of the ancient Greeks, a major preoccupation of early classical scholarship that relied on both literary evidence and material being uncovered by the newly emerging field of classical archaeologyWhile classical scholars of the early twentieth century disagreed on how to conceptualize the very earliest periods of ancient Greek history (offering competing theories that posited a wide and often-bewildering array of prospective invasions and encounters between various alleged racial groups), most classical scholars argued for the eventual domination of so-called “Nordic” and “Aryan” populations, groups whose meaning and importance can be linked directly to contemporary scientific racism.

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October 9, 2023
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
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Cosin’s Hall, Palace Green Durham
Cosin's Hall, Palace Green
Durham, DH1 3RL United Kingdom
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