Greece, the Ancient and Medieval Worlds and Modern Europe: An Early Example of Dialogue of Civilizations

BY Shireen Hunter

Cultural exchange and interaction still occurs, even when two civilizations, such as the ancient Greeks and Persians, identify themselves as opposites of "the other."

The practice of using the concept of the "other" to explain collective identity is both an old and new one; it resonates with Samuel P. Huntington's approach in The Clash of Civilizations (1996), but its roots go back to at least 500 BCE, to ancient Greece. According to this bi-polar model, the "other" creates collective identity; often as the result of conflict between communities with differe... View Full Summary