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This two-volume Companion to Greek and Roman Historiography reflects the new directions and interpretations that have arisen in the field of ancient historiography in the past few decades.

  • Comprises a series of cutting edge articles written by recognised scholars
  • Presents broad, chronological treatments of important issues in the writing of history and antiquity
  • These are complemented by chapters on individual genres and sub-genres from the fifth century B.C.E. to the fourth century C.E.
  • Provides a series of interpretative readings on the individual historians
  • Contains essays on the neighbouring genres of tragedy, biography, and epic, among others, and their relationship to history
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"This is a major work … that any library serving scholars in or relating to this field—and there will be many and widely distributed among disciplines—will need to purchase … .It is logically planned and constructed." (Reference Reviews, Issue 5 2008)

"Marincola personally speaks with authority on the entire tradition of ancient historiography, both Greek and Roman … and has collected a fine supporting cast of no fewer than 56 scholars." (The Anglo-Hellenic Review, Autumn 2008)

“This new Companion gives a hearty boost to the ‘We are winning!’ camp, in its sustained engagement with this important issue … and also in its sheer energy and vivacity. One finds oneself with a veritable host of companions at one's elbow, each with a distinctive style and personality, and the product of various nationalities and scholarly traditions. The juxtaposition captures vividly the flavor of current scholarly debate, particularly since the majority of contributors are central figures in their area of scholarship. The volume represents an exhilarating compendium of cutting-edge perspectives on a range of themes. This tremendously valuable two-tome assembly of a stellar array of scholars and scholarship-its whole indeed greater than the sum of its parts-is a credit to its editor and publisher, displays the vibrancy of the field, and will well serve scholars and students in years to come.” (New England Classical Journal, November 2008)

"All that you ever needed to know about Greek and Roman historians and current academic study thereon." (Journal of Classics Teaching)

“Major work on a major genre … with no rival in English (or any other language) … .An indispensable guide to the subject. Essential.” (Choice)

“Thorough, vigorous and up-to-date treatment of the subject, it should find a place on the shelves of scholars and students of antiquity alike.” (Bryn Mawr Classical Review)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781444339239
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 12/28/2010
  • Series: Blackwell Companions to the Ancient World Series , #75
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 752
  • Sales rank: 957,650
  • Product dimensions: 6.80 (w) x 9.60 (h) x 1.60 (d)

Meet the Author

John Marincola is Professor of Classics at Florida State University. He is the author of Authority and Tradition in Ancient Historiography (1997), Greek Historians (2001) and, with Michael A. Flower, Herodotus: Histories Book IX (2002). He is currently at work on a book on Hellenistic historiography.

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Table of Contents

Notes on Contributors.



Ancient Authors: Abbreviations.

Reference Works: Abbreviations.

Introduction (John Marincola).

PART I Contexts.

1 The Place of History in the Ancient World (Roberto Nicolai).

2 The Origin of Greek Historiography (Catherine Darbo-Peschanski).

3 History and Historia: Inquiry in the Greek Historians (Guido Schepens)

4 Documents and the Greek Historians (P. J. Rhodes).

5 The Prehistory of Roman Historiography (T. P. Wiseman).

6 Myth and Historiography (Suzanne Saïd).

7 The Construction of Meaning in the First Three Historians (Carolyn Dewald).

8 Characterization in Ancient Historiography (L. V. Pitcher).

9 Speeches in Classical Historiography (John Marincola).

10 Readers and Reception: A Text Case (A. J. Woodman).

PART II Surveys.

11 The Development of the War Monograph (Tim Rood).

12 Continuous Histories (Hellenica) (Christopher Tuplin).

13 Universal History from Ephorus to Diodorus (John Marincola).

14 Local History and Atthidography (Phillip Harding).

15 Western Greek Historiography (Riccardo Vattuone).

16 Greek Historians of Persia (Dominique Lenfant).

17 The Historians of Alexander the Great (Andrea Zambrini).

18 Greek Historians of the Near East: Clio’s ‘‘Other’’ Sons (John Dillery).

19 The Jewish Appropriation of Hellenistic Historiography (Gregory E. Sterling).

20 The Greek Historians of Rome (Christopher Pelling).

21 The Early Roman Tradition (Hans Beck).

22 Memoir and Autobiography in Republican Rome (Andrew M. Riggsby).

23 Roman Historiography in the Late Republic (D. S. Levene).

24 The Emperor and his Historians (John Matthews).

25 The Epitomizing Tradition in Late Antiquity (Thomas M. Banchich).

PART III Readings.

26 To Each His Own: Simonides and Herodotus on Thermopylae (Pietro Vannicelli).

27 Rhampsinitos and the Clever Thief (Herodotus 2.121) (Stephanie West).

28 The Enigma of Discourse: A View of Thucydides (Leone Porciani).

29 Contest (Ago ¯n) in Thucydides (Donald Lateiner).

30 Narrative Manner and Xenophon’s More Routine Hellenica (Vivienne Gray).

31 Fortune (tych¯e) in Polybius (Frank W. Walbank).

32 Polybius and Aetolia: A Historiographical Approach (Craige B. Champion).

33 Diodorus Siculus on the Third Sacred War (Peter Green).

34 Caesar’s Account of the Battle of Massilia (BC 1.34–2.22): Some Historiographical and

Narratological Approaches (Christina Shuttleworth Kraus).

35 The Politics of Sallustian Style (Ellen O’Gorman).

36 The Translation of Catiline (Andrew Feldherr).

37 Claudius Quadrigarius and Livy’s Second Pentad (Gary Forsythe).

38 Fog on the Mountain: Philip and Mt. Haemus in Livy 40.21–22 (Mary Jaeger)

39 Clothing Cincinnatus: Dionysius of Halicarnassus (Clemence Schultze).

40 The Imperial Republic of Velleius Paterculus (Alain M. Gowing).

41 Josephus and the Cannibalism of Mary (BJ 6.199–219) (Honora Howell Chapman).

42 Quintus Curtius Rufus on the ‘‘Good King’’: The Dioxippus Episode in Book 9.7.16–26 (E. J. Baynham).

43 Tacitus and the Battle of Mons Graupius: A Historiographical Route Map? (Rhiannon Ash).

44 Feast Your Eyes on This: Vitellius as a Stock Tyrant (Tac. Hist. 3.36–39) (Elizabeth Keitel).

45 Arrian, Alexander, and the Pursuit of Glory (A. B. Bosworth).

46 Toward a Literary Evaluation of Appian’s Civil Wars, Book 1 (Gregory S. Bucher).

47 Cassius Dio: A Senator and Historian in the Age of Anxiety (Martin Hose).

48 Ammianus’ Roman Digressions and the Audience of the Res Gestae (David Rohrbacher).

49 ‘‘To Forge Their Tongues to Grander Styles’’: Ammianus’ Epilogue (Gavin Kelly).

PART IV Neighbors.

50 Epic and Historiography at Rome (Matthew Leigh).

51 Ethnography and History (Emma Dench).

52 Tragedy and History (Richard Rutherford).

53 Antiquarianism and History (Benedetto Bravo).

54 Biography and History (Philip Stadter).

55 Geography and History (Johannes Engels).

56 Fiction and History: Historiography and the Novel (J. R. Morgan).

PART V Transition.

57 Late Antique Historiography, 250–650 CE (Brian Croke).


Index Locorum.

General Index.

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