Interpreting Herodotus [Hardback]

Thomas Harrison (Editor); Elizabeth Irwin (Editor)

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ISBN: 9780198803614 | Published by: Oxford University Press | Year of Publication: 2018 | Language: English 432p,

Interpreting Herodotus


Charles W. Fornara's Herodotus: An Interpretative Essay (Oxford, 1971) was a landmark publication in the study of the great Greek historian. Well-known in particular for its main thesis that the Histories should be read against the background of the Atheno-Peloponnesian Wars during which it was written, its insight and penetrating discussion extend to a range of other issues, from the relative unity of Herodotus' work and the relationship between his ethnographies and historical narrative, to the themes and motifs that criss-cross the Histories and how 'history became moral and Herodotus didactic'. Interpreting Herodotus brings together a team of leading Herodotean scholars to look afresh at the themes of Fornara's seminal Essay in the light of the explosion of scholarship on the Histories in the intervening years, focusing particularly on how we can interpret Herodotus' work in terms of the context in which he wrote. What does it mean to talk of the unity of the Histories, or Herodotus' 'moral' purpose? How can we reconstruct the context in which the Histories were written and published? And in what sense might the Histories constitute a 'warning' for his own, or for subsequent, generations? In developing and interrogating Fornara's influential ideas for a new generation of scholars, the volume not only asserts their enduring value to scholarship, but also offers a wealth of insights and new perspectives on the 'Father of History' that attests to the vibrancy and diversity of contemporary engagement with Herodotus.

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
List of Abbreviations and Conventions
List of Contributors
1: Introduction, Thomas Harrison and Elizabeth Irwin
2: Making Logoi: Herodotus' Book 2 and Hecataeus of Miletus, John Dillery
3: The Lesson of Book 2, Ewen Bowie
4: Herodotus' Book 2 and the Unity of the Work, Reinhold Bichler
5: Dogs That Do Not (Always) Bark: Herodotus on Persian Egypt, Christopher Tuplin
6: Herodotus and the Transformation of Ancient Near Eastern Motifs: Darius I, Oebares, and the Neighing Horse, Robert Rollinger
7: Gifts for Cyrus, Tribute for Darius, Kai Ruffing
8: Surveying Greatness and Magnitude in Herodotus, Emily Greenwood
9: Herodotus and his World, Joseph E. Skinner
10: The Dynamics of Time: Herodotus' Histories and Contemporary Athens Before and After Fornara, Jonas Grethlein
11: Herodotus' Allusions to the Sparta of his Day, Wolfgang Blösel
12: Herodotus and Democracy, P. J. Rhodes
13: The End of the Histories and the End of the Atheno-Peloponnesian Wars, Elizabeth Irwin
14: The Moral of History, Thomas Harrison
Index Locorum
General Index

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