• Jon Wikene Iddeng deposited The Ancient Origin of the East/West Controversy on Humanities Commons 6 years ago

    This short account tries to show that the stereotype of the barbarians and an
    anti-Eastern discourse was developed in the literate culture of the Greeks in classical
    times, based on a genuine fear of the Persians, but also on an increasing smugness.
    The attitude towards the East was handed down to the Romans and occasionally
    exploited for political, private or satirical purposes by writers throughout antiquity,
    and thus prevailed for all those who could read. ‘The light from the Acropolis’ has
    never illuminated its Near Eastern neighbours, rather a nefarious shadow was cast on
    the East that has proved hard to dispose of.