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Author Liotsakis, Vasileios.

Title The Art of History : Literary Perspectives on Greek and Roman Historiography
Published Berlin/Boston, GERMANY : De Gruyter, 2016
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Series Trends in Classics - Supplementary Volumes, 1868-4785 ; Volume 41
Trends in classics. Supplementary volumes ; Volume 41
Contents 880-01 The tragic Phylarchus / Scott Farrington
880-01 Frontmatter -- Foreword -- Table of Contents -- Introduction -- I. Fifth-Century Greek Historiography -- Herodotus and Greek Lyric Poetry -- Cambyses and the Sacred Bull (Hdt. 3.27- 29 and 3.64): History and Legend -- Narrative Defects in Thucydides and the Development of Ancient Greek Historiography -- Thucydides and Poetry. Ancient Remarks on the Vocabulary and Structure of Thucydides' History -- Thucydides' Methodenkapitel in the Light of the Ancient Evidence -- Alcibiades, the Ancestors, Liturgies, and the Etiquette of Addressing the Athenian Assembly -- II. Greek Narrators of the Past Under Rome -- The Tragic Phylarchus -- "No One Can Look at Them Without Feeling Pity": συμπάθεια and the Reader in Diodorus' Bibliotheke -- Dream Narratives in Plutarch's Lives: The Place of Fiction in Biography -- III. Roman Historiography -- Encouraging Troops, Persuading Narratees: Pre-Battle Exhortations in Caesar's Bellum Gallicum as a Narrative Device -- Carthago Deleta: Alternate Realities and Meta-History in Appian's Libyca -- Histories RepeatedThe Mutinies in Annals 1 and Tacitean Self-Allusion -- Suetonius' Construction of His Historiographical auctoritas -- Contributors -- Index nominum et rerum -- Index locorum
Summary A significant trend in the study of Greek and Roman historiographers is to accept that their works are to a degree both science and fiction. As scholarly interest broadens, in addition to evaluating ancient historians on the basis of the reliability of the information they record, and verifying the narratives against various elements of the material (inscriptions, excavations, numismatics), new studies are beginning to elaborate on the stylistic and narrative qualities of the texts themselves. The present volume offers a fine collection of essays that on the whole emphasize the literary dimensions of the ancient Greek and Roman historians. Offering narratological, linguistic, and theoretical approaches to historiography, the contributors of the book elaborate on the intersections between historiography and other literary genres, the literary manipulation of military events and the criteria of selectivity, the reception of ancient historical texts in other genres, time and space in historical narrative, and plenty of other relevant topics. The shared belief of the authors is that there is a close interrelation between the literary features and the scientific value of ancient Greek and Roman historiography
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references at the end of each chapters and indexes
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Subject Historiography -- Greece -- History -- To 1500.
Historiography -- Rome.
Genre/Form History.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 3110493292
3110496054 (ebk)
9783110493290 (electronic bk.)