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Herodotus: Volume 1 By Rosaria Vignolo Munson (Professor of Classics, Swarthmore College)

Herodotus: Volume 1 by Rosaria Vignolo Munson (Professor of Classics, Swarthmore College)

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This collection - the first of two volumes - is dedicated to the historical component of Herodotus' Histories and includes important previously published essays, some translated into English for the first time, which discuss his historical method, sources, narrative art, literary antecedents, intellectual background, and political ideology.

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Herodotus: Volume 1: Herodotus and the Narrative of the Past by Rosaria Vignolo Munson (Professor of Classics, Swarthmore College)

Herodotus' Histories is a fascinating account of the interactions between the Greeks and their powerful Near-Eastern neighbours. In it he explores the long-term causes for the Persian invasions of Greece in the early fifth century BCE, a momentous event both for the development of Greek civilization and for the beginnings of historiography, and traces the rise of the Persians as rulers of a large multi-ethnic empire whose lands and cultures are vividly described. This first surviving history is a tapestry of brilliant and entertaining narratives, but it also addresses profoundly serious concerns, such as the advantages and failings of different forms of government, the role of religion and morality in public life, and encounters with different cultures. This collection - the first of two volumes - is dedicated to the historical component of the Histories and includes important previously published essays, some translated into English for the first time, which discuss Herodotus' historical method, sources, narrative art, literary antecedents, intellectual background, and political ideology. The introduction contains an account of Herodotus' life and times, as well as a survey of recent scholarship designed as a guide for contextualizing the selected articles according to the range of approaches they represent.

About Rosaria Vignolo Munson (Professor of Classics, Swarthmore College)

Rosaria Munson is Professor of Classics at Swarthmore College where she has been teaching since 1990.

Table of Contents

INTRODUCTION ; ANTECEDENTS, SOURCES, CREDIBILITY, AND HISTORIE ; 1. The Place of Herodotus in the History of Historiography ; 2. Herodotus and His Contemporaries ; HERODOTUS AND ORAL TRADITION ; 3. The stories before the Histories: Folktale and Traditional Narrative in Herodotus ; 4. Oral Tradition in Herodotus ; 5. Herodotus and Delphic Traditions about Croesus ; CAUSATION, PATTERNING, AND THE MEANING OF HISTORY ; 6. Aspects of Historical Causation in Herodotus ; 7. Herodotean Historiographical Patterning: the Constitutional Debate ; 8. Herodotean Kings and Historical Inquiry ; NARRATOLOGY ; 9. Narratological Aspects of the Histories of Herodotus ; THE USES OF HISTORY ; 10. Herodotus and Periclean Athens ; 11. Herodotus Perspective ; 12. Herodotus and the Athenian Arche ; LOOK AT HIS END ; 13. Protesilaos and the End of Herodotus Histories ; 14. Wanton Kings, Pickled Heroes, and Gnomic Founding Fathers: Strategies of Meaning at the End of Herodotus' Histories ; BIBLIOGRAPHY OF WORKS CITED ; ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS ; INDEX

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NLS9780199587575
9780199587575
0199587574
Herodotus: Volume 1: Herodotus and the Narrative of the Past by Rosaria Vignolo Munson (Professor of Classics, Swarthmore College)
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Oxford University Press
2013-08-29
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