Theopompus of Chios: History and Rhetoric in the Fourth Century BC

Paperback | October 1, 1997

byMichael Attyah Flower

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Theopompus of Chios was one of the most important ancient Greek historians of the fourth century BC. Although his work has survived only in fragments - as quotations and paraphrases in later writers - these are still a rich and vital source of information for Greek political, social, andintellectual history during the age of Philip of Macedon. This book explores both Theopompus' historical method and the intellectual milieu in which he worked, whilst the fragments themselves are placed in 'context' by examining where and why they are cited by later authors. Through this illuminating and original study, the author leads up to some important new conclusions about historical writing in the fourth century BC: he argues that there was no so-called Isocratean school of rhetorical history; that Theopompus used moral explanations typical of Greek thought toaccount for historical changes; and that oral tradition, as opposed to rhetorical invention, was still vibrant in the fourth century. Professor Flower also provides a critical method for evaluating Theopompus' historical accuracy. All Greek in the book is translated.

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Theopompus of Chios was one of the most important ancient Greek historians of the fourth century BC. Although his work has survived only in fragments - as quotations and paraphrases in later writers - these are still a rich and vital source of information for Greek political, social, andintellectual history during the age of Philip of...

Michael Flower was Visiting Fellow at Wolfson College, Oxford 1993-4
Format:PaperbackDimensions:276 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 0.71 inPublished:October 1, 1997Publisher:Oxford University Press

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ISBN - 10:0198152434

ISBN - 13:9780198152439

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