A press release from Princeton University Press announces that The Invention of Racism in Classical Antiquity
, by Benjamin Isaac, will be coming out on March 29, 2006. Isaac is a professor of Ancient History at the University of Tel Aviv. The author claims that a close reading of the ancient texts, including Herodotus, Plato, and Aristotle, shows that there was a form of proto-racism in ancient Greece and Rome.
The 592-page work is described as massive and a heavily documented study. G.W. Bowersock is quoted on the release as saying, "A revolutionary work of immense relevance to the tensions of our contemporary globalized society."
Irene Hahn, Ancient/Classical History forum cohost and blogger at Roman History Books and More, points out that what's new is not the book, but the paperback edition.