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Herodotus: Volume 2 By Rosaria Vignolo Munson (Professor of Classics, Swarthmore College)

Herodotus: Volume 2 by Rosaria Vignolo Munson (Professor of Classics, Swarthmore College)

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This second volume's selected essays look at the principles of Herodotus' research concerning the physical world in the light of traditional myth and the science of his times, and deal with the connections between travelling and storytelling, culture and gender, Hellenic and barbarian religions, and memory and ethnicity.

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Herodotus: Volume 2: Herodotus and the World by Rosaria Vignolo Munson (Professor of Classics, Swarthmore College)

The ancient historian Herodotus, the Father of History, is also considered a great anthropologist. In his account of the Persian invasions of Greece in the fifth century BCE, he searches for the forces that transformed Persians from an underprivileged nation into the rulers of the largest empire of antiquity. In his Histories , he explores the non-Hellenic peoples that were either conquered by the Persians or managed to resist or elude their aggression, such as the Lydians, Egyptians, Libyans, Scythians, and Thracians, and describes the lands they inhabit, their resources, customs, religious rituals, and cultural predisposition. This second volume of the Oxford Readings in Classical Studies on Herodotus focuses on his description of foreign lands and peoples, and on the theoretical issues it raises. The selected essays look at the principles of Herodotus' research concerning the physical world in the light of traditional myth and the science of his times, and deal with the connections between travelling and storytelling, culture and gender, Hellenic and barbarian religions, and memory and ethnicity - all within the context of his insistence on the basic unity of human experience. Central to this collection is the extent to which the Histories's ethnographic portrayals conform to conventional Greek constructs of barbarian 'otherness', or derive from field-work and direct contact with native sources.

Herodotus: Volume 2 Reviews

These contributions, well selected and well introduced by the editor, represent a good guide to the complex universe of Herodotus. * Giovanni Ingarao, Bryn Mawr Classical Review *

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 ; Rosaria V. Munson ; PHYSIS AND HISTORIE ; 1. The Boundaries of Earth ; 2. Herodotus and Analogy ; 3. Herodotus and Historia ; THE HOMERIC WANDERER ; 4. Odysseus and the Historians ; WOMEN IN HERODOTUS ; 5. Exit Atossa: Images of Women in Greek Historiography about Persia ; 6. Women and Culture in Herodotus Histories ; WORLD RELIGIONS AND THE DIVINE ; 7. Herodotus and Religion ; 8. Herodotus on the Names of Gods: Polytheism as a Historical Problem ; HERODOTUS BARBAROI ; 9. Women's Customs among the Savages in Herodotus ; 10. Imaginary Scythians: Space and Nomadism ; 11. Herodotus the Tourist ; 12. Herodotus and an Egyptian Mirage ; 13. Who Are Herodotus' Persians? ; US AND THEM ; 14. Ethnicity, Genealogy, and Hellenism in Herodotus ; 15. East is East and West is West - Or Are They? National Stereotypes in Herodotus ; BIBLIOGRAPHY OF WORKS CITED ; ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS ; INDEX

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NLS9780199587599
9780199587599
0199587590
Herodotus: Volume 2: Herodotus and the World by Rosaria Vignolo Munson (Professor of Classics, Swarthmore College)
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Oxford University Press
2013-08-29
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