Brill's Companion to Herodotus

Overview

Herodotus’ Histories can be read in many ways. Their literary qualities, never in dispute, can be more fully appreciated in the light of recent developments in the study of pragmatics, narratology, and orality. Their intellectual status has been radically reassessed: no longer regarded as naïve and ‘archaic’, the Histories are now seen as very much a product of the intellectual climate of their own day - not only subject to contemporary literary, religious, moral and social influences, but actively contributing ...

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Overview

Herodotus’ Histories can be read in many ways. Their literary qualities, never in dispute, can be more fully appreciated in the light of recent developments in the study of pragmatics, narratology, and orality. Their intellectual status has been radically reassessed: no longer regarded as naïve and ‘archaic’, the Histories are now seen as very much a product of the intellectual climate of their own day - not only subject to contemporary literary, religious, moral and social influences, but actively contributing to the great debates of their time. Their reliability as historical and ethnographic accounts, a matter of controversy even in antiquity, is being debated with renewed vigour and increasing sophistication. This Companion offers an up-to-date and in-depth overview of all these current approaches to Herodotus’ remarkable work.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9789004169661
  • Publisher: Brill Academic Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 8/1/2012
  • Pages: 652
  • Product dimensions: 6.30 (w) x 9.50 (h) x 1.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Egbert J. Bakker is Professor of Classics at the University of Texas at Austin. He has published Poetry in Speech: Orality and Homeric Discourse (Cornell 1997) and is currently preparing a book on problems of time from Homer to Herodotus.
Irene J.F. de Jong is Academy Professor of Classical Greek Literature at the University of Amsterdam. She has published on drama and Homer, most recently A Narratological Commentary on the Odyssey (Cambridge 2001). She is currently editing a History of Ancient Greek Narrative.
Hans van Wees is Reader in Ancient Greek History at University College London. He is the author of a book on Homeric society and editor of Archaic Greece: New Approaches and New Evidence (1998) and War and Violence in Ancient Greece (2000).

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Table of Contents

List of Abbreviations
List of Contributors
List of Maps
Editors' Introduction
1 The Making of History: Herodotus' Histories Apodexis 3
2 Herodotus and Athens 33
3 Oral Strategies in the Language of Herodotus 53
4 The Histories and Writing 79
5 Epic Heritage and Mythical Patterns in Herodotus 97
6 Herodotus and Tragedy 117
7 Philosophy, Science, Politics: Herodotus and the Intellectual Trends of his Time 149
8 Religion in Herodotus 187
9 Popular Morality in Herodotus 199
10 Women in Herodotus' Histories 225
11 Narrative Unity and Units 245
12 'I didn't give my own genealogy': Herodotus and the authorial persona 267
13 Short Stories in Herodotus' Histories 291
14 Herodotus and the Past 321
15 Herodotus as a Critic: Truth, Fiction, Polarity 351
16 Herodotus and his Sources of Information 373
17 The Organization of Time in the Histories 387
18 Egypt 415
19 Scythians 437
20 The Ethnography of the Fringes 457
21 Babylon 475
22 Archaic Greek History 497
23 Greek History, c. 525-480 B.C. 521
24 The Persian Invasions 551
25 The Personality of Xerxes, King of Kings 579
Bibliography 591
General Index 629
Index of Passages 641
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