Authority and Tradition in Ancient Historiography

Authority and Tradition in Ancient Historiography

by John Marincola
     
 

ISBN-10: 0521480191

ISBN-13: 9780521480192

Pub. Date: 10/28/2003

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

This book is a study of the various claims to authority made by the ancient Greek and Roman historians throughout their histories and is the first to examine all aspects of the historian's self-presentation. It shows how each historian claimed veracity by imitating, modifying, and manipulating the traditions established by his predecessors. Beginning with a discussion…  See more details below

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This book is a study of the various claims to authority made by the ancient Greek and Roman historians throughout their histories and is the first to examine all aspects of the historian's self-presentation. It shows how each historian claimed veracity by imitating, modifying, and manipulating the traditions established by his predecessors. Beginning with a discussion of the tension between individuality and imitation, it then categorises and analyses the recurring topoi used to establish the historian's authority: how he came to write history; the qualifications he brought to the task; the inquiries and efforts he made in his research; and his claims to possess a reliable character. By detailing how each historian used the tradition to claim and maintain his own authority, the book contributes to a better understanding of the complex nature of ancient historiography.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521480192
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
10/28/2003
Pages:
380
Product dimensions:
6.30(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.20(d)

Table of Contents

Preface
List of abbreviations
The scope and subject of the book1
Authority3
Tradition12
History's place and audience19
The greatness of the subject34
Decisions and dreams43
Dedications and the desires of friends52
Glory and renown57
Eyes, ears and contemporary history63
Closed societies and privileged access86
Improving the past95
Myth and history117
The importance of character128
Experience133
Effort148
Impartiality158
Praise and self-praise175
Person and perspective182
Strategies of self-presentation205
The uses of polemic218
Polemic and self-definition225
Continuity and culmination237
Conclusion258
App. ITable of historians267
App. IIName and nationality271
App. IIIIsocrates on autopsy and inquiry?276
App. IVVariant versions280
App. VThe Roman convention of 'nos' and 'nostri'287
App. VIGreek continuators289
App. VIIRoman continuators291
Bibliography293
Index locorum316
Index of Greek words335
General index336

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