Greek Historiography [Hardback]

Thomas F. Scanlon (Author)

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ISBN: 9781405145220 | Published by: Wiley-Blackwell | Year of Publication: 2015 | Language: English 333p,




Greek Historiography

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In this comprehensive new volume, Thomas Scanlon provides an accessible and up-to-date survey of the ancient Greek genre of historical writing from its origins before Herodotus to the Greek historians of the Roman imperial era, seven centuries later. Situating historical writing among the forms of epic and lyric poetry, drama, philosophy and science for which the Greeks are already so well known, Greek historiography examines individual historians perspectives on power and human nature as a means of tracing the early evolution of ancient Greek history. From Thucydides to Polybius, the volume considers pervading questions of causation, divine justice, leadership, civilization versus barbarism, legacy and literary reception. Alongside a sophisticated close reading of texts, Scanlon provides thorough summaries that signpost key passages and highlight theatic links, to help readers navigate their way through the original texts.

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