A Companion to Greek and Roman Historiography (2 Vols. Set) by John Marincola PDF

By John Marincola

ISBN-10: 1405102160

ISBN-13: 9781405102162

This two-volume significant other to Greek and Roman Historiography displays the hot instructions and interpretations that experience arisen within the box of old historiography long ago few decades.Comprises a sequence of leading edge articles written via regarded scholarsPresents huge, chronological remedies of significant concerns within the writing of heritage and antiquityThese are complemented by way of chapters on person genres and sub-genres from the 5th century B.C.E. to the fourth century C.E.Provides a chain of interpretative readings at the person historiansContains essays at the neighbouring genres of tragedy, biography, and epic, between others, and their dating to historical past

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In some of the chapters below, authors will continue the discussion of the ways in which such approaches help or hinder our understanding of the ancient historians. Roman historiography, while not subject to the same type of developmental model, has nevertheless been influenced by Jacoby’s schema for Greek writers. We should mention, however, that the development of Roman historiography is particularly problematic, because all of its early practitioners are lost. In addition, there are some unusual features of early Roman historiography.

Anthologies of historical writing as well as handbooks on the writing of history begin not infrequently with Herodotus and Thucydides, the latter of whom is still considered by some to be the greatest historian of all time. Even so, the modern study of ancient historical works has evolved a great deal over the last decades. Earlier scholars, basing themselves on nineteenth-century views of history and historical writing, approached the ancient historians most often with a view to determining how reliable they were, in terms of both factual accuracy and impartiality.

53). The major difference in Cicero’s model is that no Herodotus, much less a Thucydides, has yet appeared amongst the Romans, and Cicero is at pains to delineate the qualities (mainly stylistic) that are necessary for such a one to arise. Yet there is very good evidence to show that Cicero’s characterization of the early Roman historians is nearly wholly false. Nevertheless, his comparison with the Greek ‘‘local’’ historians may lie behind the beliefs of some scholars that the early Roman historians were simply that, and thus followed the conventions of local history (that is where Jacoby places Pictor and his Hellenophone followers).

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