Between Thucydides and Polybius: The Golden Age of Greek Historiography

Between Thucydides and Polybius: The Golden Age of Greek Historiography

by Giovanni Parmeggiani (Editor)


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Historians like Ephorus, Theopompus, or Aristotle's great-nephew Callisthenes, to say nothing of Xenophon, counted among the most acclaimed in antiquity. But with the exception of Xenophon, their complete works have not survived, and thus they are accessible to the modern reader only in the form of fragments, usually quoted by later authors.

The present collection of essays by an international team of scholars focuses on the contribution of these and other fourth-century authors to the development of Greek historiography in terms of form, scope, and methods. Between Thucydides and Polybius sheds light on the interface between historiography and rhetoric, while undermining the claim that historians after Thucydides allowed rhetoric to prevail over research in their reconstructions of the past.

Topics discussed in the essays include the use of documents and inscriptions by fourth-century historians, the emergence of the individual as a subject of history, ethnography, and the role of the Persian Empire in the cultural world of the fourth century BCE. Overall, the book offers a reassessment of a crucial phase in Greek historiography that has long lain in the shadow of Thucydides and Polybius.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780674428348
Publisher: Harvard
Publication date: 09/22/2014
Series: Hellenic Studies Series , #64
Pages: 336
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Giovanni Parmeggiani is a Visiting Professor of Ancient History at the University of Ferrara.

Table of Contents

1 Introduction Giovanni Parmeggiani 1

2 Looking for the Invisible Riccardo Vattuone 7

3 Rethinking Isocrates and Historiography John Marincola 39

4 At the Boundary of Historiography Roberto Nicolai 63

5 The Use of Documents in Xenophon's Hellenica Cinzia Bearzot 89

6 The Causes of the Peloponnesian War Giovanni Parmeggiani 115

7 Ephorus in Context Nino Luraghi 133

8 Ephorus, Polybius, τα καθολου λραφειν John Tully 153

9 Greek Monographs on the Persian World Dominique Lenfant 197

10 The Sick Man of Asia Christopher Tuplin 211

11 Local History, Polis History, and the Politics of Place Rosalind Thomas 239

12 The Tools of Memory Sarah Ferrario 263

13 Aristotle and History Lucio Bertelli 289

Index Locorum 305

Subject Index 313

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