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Greek Historiography by Scanlon, Thomas Francis

By Scanlon, Thomas Francis

This quantity offers an obtainable, accomplished, and updated survey of the traditional Greek style of ancient writing from its origins ahead of Herodotus to the Greek historians of the Roman imperial period, seven centuries later.

  • Focuses at the topics of energy and human nature, causation, divine justice, management, civilization as opposed to barbarism, legacy, and literary reception
  • Includes thorough summaries along textual research that signpost key passages and spotlight thematic connections, assisting readers navigate their means during the unique texts
  • Situates old writing one of the sorts of epic and lyric poetry, drama, philosophy, and science
  • Uses the easiest present translations and contains a exact checklist of extra interpreting that incorporates very important new scholarship

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35) notes the difficulty of balancing praise that will not arouse envy in the audience. ) “For ancient historians, [Marincola] observes, the opposite of ‘true’ is ‘biased’; and bias is seen as specifically occasioned by favours or injustices (past or anticipated). Even patriotic bias is linked with what one’s patria gives one” (Walbank 1997: 236). Rhetoric and History For the Greeks, history was a branch of rhetoric, not of the more specu­ lative philosophy. Both prose genres relied on clear, direct expression to convey opinions and actual events.

His pointing up of his own agency in writing (“I write,” grapho ̄) imparts an authority to his prose medium, fixed against other poetic versions, and appeals not to tradition but to a new role of the writer as logographer. Hecataeus’ choice of prose might have come from the Milesian scientific prose in service of a new rationality, but it might also have followed the traditionally first prose author, Pherecydes of Syros (c. 544), who wrote on philosophy and ­mythography, close to a genealogical treatise.

One fragment naming Erichthonius as the founder of the Panathenaia and another asserting the Athenian native occupation of Attica both validate civic prestige (FGrHist F 39 and F 161). Many of Hellanicus’ attested ethnographic titles may actually be reduced to two, one on Foundations of Peoples and Cities (Ktiseis ethno ̄n kai poleo ̄n) and one on Foreign Customs (Barbarika nomima) that included treatment of the Greeks in Asia Minor and of the tribes around them (Pearson 1939: 194–9). He seems also to have writ­ ten separate works on the Egyptians, the natives of Lesbos, and the Persians, the last covering mythic times to the battle of Salamis.

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