Herodotus and the Origins of the Political Community: Arion's Leap

Herodotus and the Origins of the Political Community: Arion's Leap

by Norma Thompson
     
 

ISBN-10: 0300062605

ISBN-13: 9780300062601

Pub. Date: 01/28/1996

Publisher: Yale University Press

The subtitle of this book is 'Arion's Leap' and it is from this example of the puzzling fictionality of some of Herodotus' histories that the author starts her exploration (Arion was the singer who leapt into the sea to escape from Corinthian pirates and was rescued by dolphins). Scholars have long wrestled with Herodotus' practice of placing fanciful stories…  See more details below

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The subtitle of this book is 'Arion's Leap' and it is from this example of the puzzling fictionality of some of Herodotus' histories that the author starts her exploration (Arion was the singer who leapt into the sea to escape from Corinthian pirates and was rescued by dolphins). Scholars have long wrestled with Herodotus' practice of placing fanciful stories alongside factual ones, but Thompson suggests that rather than displaying a primitive conception of history, such a practice indicates a profound grasp of political theory and an understanding of the way that central stories can become the core of a political community. This major reconsideration of Herodotus' art draws his work into the modern historical debate, and the author uses the writings of Martin Bernal, Francois Hartog and Edward Said to shed new light on Herodotus' conception of history.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780300062601
Publisher:
Yale University Press
Publication date:
01/28/1996
Pages:
208
Product dimensions:
5.67(w) x 8.70(h) x 0.67(d)

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Table of Contents

Preface
List of Abbreviations
Introduction1
1The Decline and Repudiation of the Whole: Notes on Aristotle's Enclosure of the Pre-Socratic World7
2The Development of Social Memory28
3The Formation of Persian Political Identity52
4Political Identities in Conflict: Herodotus in Contention with His Characters79
5The Use of Herodotus in Contemporary Political and Cultural Criticism112
6Before Objectivity, and After142
Afterword: Arion's Leap167
Bibliography169
Index189

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