Herodotus: Volume 2

Paperback | September 11, 2013

EditorRosaria Vignolo Munson

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The ancient historian Herodotus, the Father of History, is also considered a great anthropologist. In his account of the Persian invasions of Greece in the fifth century BCE, he searches for the forces that transformed Persians from an underprivileged nation into the rulers of the largestempire of antiquity. In his Histories , he explores the non-Hellenic peoples that were either conquered by the Persians or managed to resist or elude their aggression, such as the Lydians, Egyptians, Libyans, Scythians, and Thracians, and describes the lands they inhabit, their resources, customs,religious rituals, and cultural predisposition. This second volume of the Oxford Readings in Classical Studies on Herodotus focuses on his description of foreign lands and peoples, and on the theoretical issues it raises. The selected essays look at the principles of Herodotus' research concerning the physical world in the light of traditionalmyth and the science of his times, and deal with the connections between travelling and storytelling, culture and gender, Hellenic and barbarian religions, and memory and ethnicity - all within the context of his insistence on the basic unity of human experience. Central to this collection is theextent to which the Histories's ethnographic portrayals conform to conventional Greek constructs of barbarian 'otherness', or derive from field-work and direct contact with native sources.

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The ancient historian Herodotus, the Father of History, is also considered a great anthropologist. In his account of the Persian invasions of Greece in the fifth century BCE, he searches for the forces that transformed Persians from an underprivileged nation into the rulers of the largestempire of antiquity. In his Histories , he exp...

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

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:488 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 0.68 inPublished:September 11, 2013Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199587590

ISBN - 13:9780199587599

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IntroductionRosaria V. MunsonPhysis and Historie1. James S. Romm: The Boundaries of Earth2. Aldo Corcella: Herodotus and Analogy3. Catherine Darbo-Peschanski: Herodotus and HistoriaThe Homeric wanderer4. John Marincola: Odysseus and the HistoriansWomen in Herodotus5. Heleen Sancisi-Weerdenburg and Addendun by Amelie Kuhrt: Exit Atossa: Images of Women in Greek Historiography about Persia6. Carolyn Dewald: Women and Culture in Herodotus HistoriesWorld religions and the divine7. John Gould: Herodotus and Religion8. Walter Burkert: Herodotus on the Names of Gods: Polytheism as a Historical ProblemHerodotus barbaroi9. Michele Rosellini and Suzanne Said: Women's Customs among the Savages in Herodotus10. Franccois Hartog: Imaginary Scythians: Space and Nomadism11. James Redfield: Herodotus the Tourist12. Ian S. Moyer: Herodotus and an Egyptian Mirage13. Rosaria V. Munson: Who Are Herodotus' Persians?Us and them14. Rosalind Thomas: Ethnicity, Genealogy, and Hellenism in Herodotus15. Christopher Pelling: East is East and West is West - Or Are They? National Stereotypes in HerodotusBibliography of Works CitedAcknowledgementsIndex