Herodotus: Volume 1

Paperback | September 11, 2013

EditorRosaria Vignolo Munson

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Herodotus' Histories is a fascinating account of the interactions between the Greeks and their powerful Near-Eastern neighbours. In it he explores the long-term causes for the Persian invasions of Greece in the early fifth century BCE, a momentous event both for the development of Greekcivilization and for the beginnings of historiography, and traces the rise of the Persians as rulers of a large multi-ethnic empire whose lands and cultures are vividly described. This first surviving history is a tapestry of brilliant and entertaining narratives, but it also addresses profoundlyserious concerns, such as the advantages and failings of different forms of government, the role of religion and morality in public life, and encounters with different cultures. This collection - the first of two volumes - is dedicated to the historical component of the Histories and includes important previously published essays, some translated into English for the first time, which discuss Herodotus' historical method, sources, narrative art, literary antecedents,intellectual background, and political ideology. The introduction contains an account of Herodotus' life and times, as well as a survey of recent scholarship designed as a guide for contextualizing the selected articles according to the range of approaches they represent.

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Herodotus' Histories is a fascinating account of the interactions between the Greeks and their powerful Near-Eastern neighbours. In it he explores the long-term causes for the Persian invasions of Greece in the early fifth century BCE, a momentous event both for the development of Greekcivilization and for the beginnings of historiogra...

Rosaria Munson is Professor of Classics at Swarthmore College where she has been teaching since 1990.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:512 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 0.68 inPublished:September 11, 2013Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199587574

ISBN - 13:9780199587575

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Table of Contents

IntroductionAntecedents, Sources, Credibility, and Historie1. Arnaldo Momigliano: The Place of Herodotus in the History of Historiography2. Robert L. Fowler: Herodotus and His ContemporariesHerodotus and Oral Tradition3. Nino Luraghi: The stories before the Histories: Folktale and Traditional Narrative in Herodotus4. J. A. S. Evans: Oral Tradition in Herodotus5. Harriet Flower: Herodotus and Delphic Traditions about CroesusCausation, Patterning, and the Meaning of History6. Henry Immerwahr: Aspects of Historical Causation in Herodotus7. Donald Lateiner: Herodotean Historiographical Patterning: the Constitutional Debate8. Matthew R. Christ: Herodotean Kings and Historical InquiryNarratology9. Irene F. D. De Jong: Narratological Aspects of the Histories of HerodotusThe Uses of History10. Hermann Strasburger: Herodotus and Periclean Athens11. Charles W. Fornara: Herodotus Perspective12. Philip A. Stadter: Herodotus and the Athenian ArcheLook at his End13. Deborah Boedeker: Protesilaos and the End of Herodotus Histories14. Carolyn Dewald: Wanton Kings, Pickled Heroes, and Gnomic Founding Fathers: Strategies of Meaning at the End of Herodotus' HistoriesBibliography of Works CitedAcknowledgementsIndex