On Writing History from Herodotus to Herodian

On Writing History from Herodotus to Herodian
Author: Anonim
Publsiher: Penguin UK
Total Pages: 672
Release: 2017-12-07
Genre: History
ISBN: 9780141393582

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What is history and how should it be written? This important new anthology, translated and edited by Professor John Marincola, contains all the seminal texts that relate to the writing of history in the ancient world. The study of history was invented in the classical world. Treading uncharted waters, writers such as Plutarch and Lucian grappled with big questions such as how history should be written, how it differs from poetry and oratory, and what its purpose really is. This book includes complete essays by Dionysius, Plutarch and Lucian, as well as shorter pieces by Pliny the Younger, Cicero and others, and will be an essential resource for anyone studying history and the ancient world.

Reconfiguring the Imperial Past Narrative Patterns and Historical Interpretation in Herodian s History of the Empire

Reconfiguring the Imperial Past  Narrative Patterns and Historical Interpretation in Herodian   s History of the Empire
Author: Chrysanthos S. Chrysanthou
Publsiher: BRILL
Total Pages: 408
Release: 2022-05-20
Genre: History
ISBN: 9789004516922

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This book argues that Herodian uses an orderly and coherent historiographical form to reconfigure and explicate a most chaotic period of Roman history. Through patterning he offers a distinctive interpretative framework in which successive reigns and individual emperors need to be read in a dovetailed way.

Herodian s World

Herodian s World
Author: Anonim
Publsiher: BRILL
Total Pages: 340
Release: 2021-12-13
Genre: History
ISBN: 9789004500457

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The volume collects fourteen essays on Herodian that investigate the most important aspects of his historiography: literature, politics, economy, religion and warfare.

Dynamics of Ancient Prose

Dynamics of Ancient Prose
Author: Thea S. Thorsen,Stephen Harrison
Publsiher: Walter de Gruyter GmbH & Co KG
Total Pages: 257
Release: 2018-05-22
Genre: Literary Criticism
ISBN: 9783110594430

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Ancient prose is intriguingly diverse. This volume explores the dynamics of the Latin and Greek prose of the Roman empire in the forms of biography, novel and apologetics which have historically lacked recognition as uncanonical genres, and yet appear vital today. Focusing on the sophistication in thought and artistic texture to be found within these literary kinds, this volume offers a collection of stimulating essays for students and scholars of literature and culture in antiquity - and beyond.

The Essential Greek Historians

The Essential Greek Historians
Author: Stanley Burstein
Publsiher: Hackett Publishing
Total Pages: 289
Release: 2022-03-01
Genre: History
ISBN: 9781647920517

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"Burstein’s The Essential Greek Historians is an excellent collection of texts representing the development of historiography in the ancient Greek world. Each text is presented in an engaging and readable translation, with an insightful introduction exploring the purposes behind its composition, the significance of its contribution to the growth of historiography as a literary genre, and the context in which its author thought and wrote. These texts include not only familiar favorites like Herodotus and Thucydides, but also sources such as The Parian Marble and Memnon’s History of Heracleia, which give a broader and richer view of the ways in which Greeks engaged with history. In one economical volume, Burstein has created an indispensable introduction to the historical thought of the ancient Greeks. No student of Greek historiography should be without it." —Erik Jensen, Salem State University Includes an introduction, maps, and selections from Herodotus' The Histories, Thucydides' History of the Peloponnesian War, Xenophon's The Hellenica, Aristotle's The Constitution of Athens, The Parian Marble, Polybius' The Histories, Memnon's History of Heracleia, Plutarch's Life of Alexander. See the full Table of Contents on the www.hackettpublishing.com book title page.

Reconciling Ancient and Modern Philosophies of History

Reconciling Ancient and Modern Philosophies of History
Author: Aaron Turner
Publsiher: Walter de Gruyter GmbH & Co KG
Total Pages: 378
Release: 2020-10-26
Genre: Literary Criticism
ISBN: 9783110627305

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The distinction between ancient and modern modes of historical thought is characterized by the growing complexity of the discipline of history in modernity. Consequently, the epistemological and methodological standard of ancient historiography is typically held as inferior against the modern ideal. This book serves to address this apparent deficit. Its scope is three-fold. Firstly, it aims at encountering ancient modes of historical and historiographical thought within the province of their own horizon. Secondly, this book considers the possibility of a dialogue between ancient and modern philosophies of history concerning the influence of ancient historical thought on the development of modern philosophy of history and the utility of modern philosophy of history in the interpretation of ancient historiography. Thirdly, this book explores the continuities and discontinuities in historical method and thought from antiquity to modernity. Ultimately, this volume demonstrates the necessity of re-evaluating our assumptions about the relation of ancient and modern historical thought and lays the groundwork for a more fruitful dialogue in the future.

The Alexander Romance History and Literature

The Alexander Romance  History and Literature
Author: Richard Stoneman,Krzysztof Nawotka, Agnieszka Wojciechowska
Publsiher: Barkhuis
Total Pages: 338
Release: 2018-07-31
Genre: History
ISBN: 9789492444714

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The Alexander Romance is a difficult text to define and to assess justly. From its earliest days it was an open text, which was adapted into a variety of cultures with meanings that themselves vary, and yet seem to carry a strong undercurrent of homogeneity: Alexander is the hero who cannot become a god, and who encapsulates the desires and strivings of the host cultures. The papers assembled in this volume, which were originally presented at a conference at the University of Wrocław, Poland, in October 2015, all face the challenge of defining the Alexander Romance. Some focus on quite specific topics while others address more overarching themes. They form a cohesive set of approaches to the delicate positioning of the text between history and literature. From its earliest elements in Hellenistic Egypt, to its latest reworkings in the Byzantine and Islamic Middle East, the Alexander Romance shows itself to be a work that steadily engages with such questions as kingship, the limits of human (and Greek) nature, and the purpose of history. The Romance began as a history, but only by becoming literature could it achieve such a deep penetration of east and west.

Herodotus narrator scientist historian

Herodotus   narrator  scientist  historian
Author: Ewen Bowie
Publsiher: Walter de Gruyter GmbH & Co KG
Total Pages: 356
Release: 2018-03-19
Genre: Literary Criticism
ISBN: 9783110582109

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Recently the importance for Herodotus' work of contemporary medical and sophistic thought and techniques of argument has been widely recognised, as long had been his dependence on and difference from earlier geographical and ethnographic writing. This volume focuses on the place of these interests in his investigatory techniques and sets them alongside his many narrative skills, from superficially traditonal battle narrative and reworking of Greek or non-Greek traditions that border on myth to the structuring of narrative by highlighting the life of objects, and addresses such fundamental issues as how he chooses between competing explanations and how far he valued truth. The book tackles many of the basic issues that confront any attempt to understand Herodotus' work.