Greek and Roman Historians: Information and Misinformation

Overview

It is today widely accepted that we do not get the whole truth from any historian. Greek and Roman Historians considers the work of ancient historians such as Herotudus, Tacitus and Thucydides in the the light of this attitude. In an enlightening new study, Michael Grant argues that misinformation, even deliberate disinformation, is abundant in their writings.
Grant, one of the world's greatest writers of ancient history, suggests new ways of reading and interpreting the ancient...

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Overview

It is today widely accepted that we do not get the whole truth from any historian. Greek and Roman Historians considers the work of ancient historians such as Herotudus, Tacitus and Thucydides in the the light of this attitude. In an enlightening new study, Michael Grant argues that misinformation, even deliberate disinformation, is abundant in their writings.
Grant, one of the world's greatest writers of ancient history, suggests new ways of reading and interpreting the ancient historians which maximise their usefulness as source material. He demonstrates how the evidence they provide can be augmented by the use of other, literary and non-literary, sources.
Greek and Roman Historians shows us how we can use written history to learn about the ancient world, even if our conclusions are not those its historians intended. The author argues that their work remains our most important source of information, once we have learned to question and incorporate their imperfect regard for the truth.
Grant's account is an indispensible guide to the sources and their interpretation for all students of ancient history.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415117708
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 5/10/1995
  • Series: Narratives Forms and Social Formation Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 188
  • Age range: 18 years
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.43 (d)

Meet the Author

Michael Grant
Michael Grant

Michael Grant is the cocreator and cowriter of the bestselling middle-grade science fiction series Animorphs and Everworld. He lives in California with his wife, Katherine Applegate, and their two children.

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Table of Contents

List of figures
List of tables
List of contributors
Preface
Introduction 1
Pt. I Food and culture 11
1 Cash-crops before cash: organic consumables and trade 13
2 Cultural implications of crop introductions in Andean prehistory 35
3 Uywana, the house and its indoor landscape: oblique approaches to, and beyond, domestication 59
4 Of water and oil: exploitation of natural resources and social change in eastern Arabia 83
5 Plant exploitation among the Nukak hunter-gatherers of Amazonia: between ecology and ideology 99
Pt. II Introductions 127
6 Food processing technology: its role in inhibiting or promoting change in staple foods 129
7 Subsistence changes in India and Pakistan: the Neolithic and Chalcolithic from the point of view of plant use today 139
8 Megalithic monuments and the introduction of rice into Korea 147
9 The dispersal of domesticated plants into north-eastern Japan 166
10 Native Americans and animal husbandry in the North American colony of Spanish Florida 184
Pt. III Food and the landscape 197
11 The meaning of ditches: deconstructing the social landscapes of New Guinea, Kuk, Phase 4 199
12 Different histories: a common inheritance for Papua New Guinea and Australia? 232
13 From the swamp to the terrace: intensification of horticultural practices in New Caledonia, from first settlement to European contact 252
14 Warfare and intensive agriculture in Fiji 270
15 Whose land is it anyway? An historical examination of land tenure and agriculture in northern Jordan 288
16 Getting a life: stability and change in social and subsistence systems on the North-West Frontier, Pakistan, in later prehistory 306
17 Interaction of maritime and agricultural adaptations in the Japan Sea basin 322
18 Invisible pastoralists: an inquiry into the origins of nomadic pastoralism in the West African Sahel 333
19 Evidence for agricultural change in the Balikh basin, northern Syria 350
Pt. IV Plants and people 375
20 Tracking the banana: its significance in early agriculture 377
21 The puzzle of the late emergence of domesticated sorghum in the Nile valley 397
22 The impact of maize on subsistence systems in South America: an example from the Jama river valley, coastal Ecuador 419
23 Starch in sediments: a new approach to the study of subsistence and land use in Papua New Guinea 438
24 Traditional seed cropping systems in the temperate Old World: models for antiquity 463
25 Agrarian change and the beginnings of cultivation in the Near East: evidence from wild progenitors, experimental cultivation and archaeobotanical data 478
Index 501
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