Greek and Roman Historians: Information and Misinformation

Greek and Roman Historians: Information and Misinformation

by Michael Grant
Greek and Roman Historians: Information and Misinformation

Greek and Roman Historians: Information and Misinformation

by Michael Grant

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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780415117708
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Publication date: 04/13/1995
Series: Narratives Forms and Social Formation Series
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 188
Product dimensions: 5.44(w) x 8.50(h) x (d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Michael Grant is one of the world’s greatest writers of ancient history. He has a distinguished academic career, most recently as Vice-Chancellor of Queen’s University, Belfast, and has published over fifty books, including The Antonines (Routledge 1994).

Table of Contents

Maps, Introduction 1 ANCIENT AND MODERN HISTORIANS 2 THE HISTORIANS AND OTHER DISCIPLINES 3 SOURCES AND STRANGENESS 4 MISINFORMATION AND MISTAKES 5 SHOULD WE READ THE ANCIENT HISTORIANS? 6 OTHER SOURCES OF INFORMATION
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