Herodotus in Context: Ethnography, Science and the Art of Persuasion by Rosalind ThomasHerodotus in Context: Ethnography, Science and the Art of Persuasion by Rosalind Thomas

Herodotus in Context: Ethnography, Science and the Art of Persuasion

byRosalind Thomas

Paperback | August 12, 2002

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This book examines the Histories of Herodotus within the context of the intellectual climate of the mid to late fifth century BC. Herodotus is read widely for his accounts of archaic Greek history but his descriptions of Egypt, Scythia and Libya are equally fascinating. Rosalind Thomas concentrates on the latter, along with Herodotus' accounts of the wonders of nature and his methods of convincing his audiences, seeing these as part of the world of scientific inquiry and controversy more familiar from the natural philosophers and medical works of the time.
Title:Herodotus in Context: Ethnography, Science and the Art of PersuasionFormat:PaperbackDimensions:332 pages, 8.98 × 5.98 × 0.75 inPublished:August 12, 2002Publisher:CAMBRIDGE UNIVERSITY PRESSLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0521012414

ISBN - 13:9780521012416

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgements; References and texts; 1. Introduction; 2. Medicine and the ethnography of health; 3. Dividing the world: Europe, Asia, Greeks and barbarians; 4. Nomos is king: nomos, environment and ethnic character in Herodotus; 5. 'Wonders' and the natural world: natural philosophy and historie; 6. Argument and the language of proof; 7. Polemic and persuasion; 8. Performance, competitive display and apodeixis; 9. Epilogue; Appendix. beavers and female ailments; Bibliography; Indexes.

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"The 'Father of History,' Herodotus, has developed into a particularly active field of research in the past 25 years and hardly a year goes by without an important new study. This book by Thomas is one of the best." --Choice