Appropriate Comment: Death Notices in the Ancient Historians

Appropriate Comment: Death Notices in the Ancient Historians

Paperback Studien Zur Klassischen Philologie, Language: English / Greek, Modern (1453-)

By (author) Arthur J. Pomeroy

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  • Publisher: Peter Lang GmbH
  • Format: Paperback | 281 pages
  • Language: English / Greek, Modern (1453-)
  • Dimensions: 148mm x 210mm x 13mm | 360g
  • Publication date: 1 July 1991
  • Publication City/Country: Frankfurt am Main
  • ISBN 10: 3631435827
  • ISBN 13: 9783631435823

Product description

The insertion of death notices for significant historical figures is a typical feature of ancient historical writing. This study investigates the subject matter of such obituaries and its connection with other memorials for the dead. In particular, it traces the use of various topoi in successive authors to shed light on their aims and methods. The individualism of major historians, such as Polybius, Livy, and Tacitus, becomes especially apparent when their efforts are contrasted with the mechanical application of commonplaces by lesser writers.

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Table of contents

Contents: Obituaries in ancient historians - Use of topoi in classical historiography - Memorials for the dead in Greece and Rome - Attitudes to individuals in Polybius, Livy, Tacitus.