Greek Historiography

Paperback | April 30, 1999

EditorSimon Hornblower

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The ancient Greek achievement in the writing of history has set the standard but the nature of this achievement is looking increasingly problematic in the light of recent work on such topics as literacy, orality, rhetoric, narrative technique, and the invention of tradition. This bookcontributes to the understanding of both the achievement and the problems of Greek historiography in a series of contributions by a group of distinguished scholars. The introduction by the editor traces the story of Greek historiography from archaic times to imperial Rome, and then discusses the intertextual relationship of the Greek historians to each other and to other kinds of discourse. The first contributor writes on historical explanation from Hecataeusto Polybius, and this is followed by contributions on Herodotus, Thucydides, Theophrastus, and Diodorus of Sicily, with further essays on the tradition about the First Sacred War, and on the Persian War theme in the Roman Empire.

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The ancient Greek achievement in the writing of history has set the standard but the nature of this achievement is looking increasingly problematic in the light of recent work on such topics as literacy, orality, rhetoric, narrative technique, and the invention of tradition. This bookcontributes to the understanding of both the achiev...

Simon Hornblower is at Oriel College, Oxford.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:298 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 0.71 inPublished:April 30, 1999Publisher:Oxford University Press

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ISBN - 10:0198150725

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`This book is tremendously stimulating and a companion volume for Roman historiography would be welcome. The impression that one obtains from reading this book is of the modernity of the authors' approaches, and of how much there is still to do in the field of ancient historiography.'J.M. Alonso-Nunez, Journal of Hellenic Studies, Vol. 116, 1996