History and Memory in Ancient Greece

History and Memory in Ancient Greece


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History and Memory in Ancient Greece by Gordon Shrimpton, Kathryn Mary Gillis

This book examines the early Greek historians; Herodotus, Thucydides, Xenophon, Ephorus and Theopompus; how they perceived 'history', their investigative procedures, the relationship between the observer and the observed and how ancient and modern historiographical approaches differ. Shrimpton argues that ancient historians saw memories about public events as public possesions: they recorded public knowledge and were judged for their style and saw travel as the best way to acquire and transmit knowledge. Also assessed is the question of historical accuracy and the methods used by ancient historians to give their narratives authenticity. A scholarly work, full of ancient and modern references and comparisons.

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ISBN-13: 9780773510210
Publisher: McGill-Queens University Press
Publication date: 06/01/1992
Series: McGill-Queen , #23
Pages: 336
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x (d)
Lexile: 1310L (what's this?)

About the Author

Gordon S. Shrimpton is associate professor of Greek and Roman Studies, University of Victoria.

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