Herodotus in Context: Ethnography, Science and the Art of Persuasion

Herodotus in Context: Ethnography, Science and the Art of Persuasion

by Rosalind Thomas
     
 

ISBN-10: 0521662591

ISBN-13: 9780521662598

Pub. Date: 06/28/2005

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

This book examines the Histories of Herodotus within the context of the intellectual climate of the mid to late fifth century BC. Herodotus is read widely for his accounts of archaic Greek history but his descriptions of Egypt, Scythia and Libya are equally fascinating. Rosalind Thomas concentrates on the latter, along with Herodotus' accounts of the wonders of…  See more details below

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This book examines the Histories of Herodotus within the context of the intellectual climate of the mid to late fifth century BC. Herodotus is read widely for his accounts of archaic Greek history but his descriptions of Egypt, Scythia and Libya are equally fascinating. Rosalind Thomas concentrates on the latter, along with Herodotus' accounts of the wonders of nature and his methods of convincing his audiences, seeing these as part of the world of scientific enquiry and controversy more familiar from the natural philosophers and medical works of the time.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521662598
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
06/28/2005
Pages:
332
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 0.87(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements
References and texts
1Introduction1
2Medicine and the ethnography of health28
3Dividing the world: Europe, Asia, Greeks and barbarians75
4Nomos is king: nomos, environment and ethnic character in Herodotus102
5'Wonders' and the natural world: natural philosophy and historie135
6Argument and the language of proof168
7Persuasion and polemic213
8Performance, competitive display and apodeixis249
9Epilogue270
Appendix: beavers and female ailments286
Bibliography289
Index locorum311
General index317

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