On Writing History from Herodotus to Herodian

On Writing History from Herodotus to Herodian


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On Writing History from Herodotus to Herodian by John M. Marincola

What is history and how should it be written? An important new anthology containing the seminal texts on the writing of history in the ancient world

The study of history was invented in the ancient world. Treading uncharted waters, writers such as Plutarch and Lucian grappled with big questions such as how history should be written, how it differs from poetry and oratory, and what its purpose really is. This book includes complete essays by Dionysius, Plutarch and Lucian, as well as shorter pieces by Pliny the Younger, Cicero and others, and will be an essential resource for anyone studying history and the ancient world.

For more than seventy years, Penguin has been the leading publisher of classic literature in the English-speaking world. With more than 1,800 titles, Penguin Classics represents a global bookshelf of the best works throughout history and across genres and disciplines. Readers trust the series to provide authoritative texts enhanced by introductions and notes by distinguished scholars and contemporary authors, as well as up-to-date translations by award-winning translators.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780141393575
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 03/20/2018
Pages: 672
Product dimensions: 5.06(w) x 7.75(h) x (d)

About the Author

John Marincola is Professor of Classics at Florida State University, where he specializes in Greek and Roman historiography and rhetoric. He is the author of Authority and Tradition in Ancient Historiography and Greek Historians, and has edited A Companion to Greek and Roman Historiography and Greek and Roman Historiography, among other books.