A Companion to Greek and Roman Historiography

A Companion to Greek and Roman Historiography

Paperback Blackwell Companions to the Ancient World

Edited by John M. Marincola

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  • Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell (an imprint of John Wiley & Sons Ltd)
  • Format: Paperback | 752 pages
  • Dimensions: 164mm x 246mm x 40mm | 1,302g
  • Publication date: 28 December 2010
  • Publication City/Country: Chicester
  • ISBN 10: 1444339230
  • ISBN 13: 9781444339239
  • Edition statement: Reprint
  • Illustrations note: black & white illustrations
  • Sales rank: 405,562

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This two-volume Companion to Greek and Roman Historiography reflects the new directions and interpretations that have arisen in the field of ancient historiography in the past few decades. Comprises a series of cutting edge articles written by recognised scholars Presents broad, chronological treatments of important issues in the writing of history and antiquity These are complemented by chapters on individual genres and sub-genres from the fifth century B.C.E. to the fourth century C.E. Provides a series of interpretative readings on the individual historians Contains essays on the neighbouring genres of tragedy, biography, and epic, among others, and their relationship to history

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John Marincola is Professor of Classics at Florida State University. He is the author of Authority and Tradition in Ancient Historiography (1997), Greek Historians (2001) and, with Michael A. Flower, Herodotus: Histories Book IX (2002). He is currently at work on a book on Hellenistic historiography.

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"This is a major work ... that any library serving scholars in or relating to this field--and there will be many and widely distributed among disciplines--will need to purchase ... .It is logically planned and constructed." (Reference Reviews, Issue 5 2008) "Marincola personally speaks with authority on the entire tradition of ancient historiography, both Greek and Roman ... and has collected a fine supporting cast of no fewer than 56 scholars." (The Anglo-Hellenic Review, Autumn 2008) "This new Companion gives a hearty boost to the 'We are winning!' camp, in its sustained engagement with this important issue ... and also in its sheer energy and vivacity. One finds oneself with a veritable host of companions at one's elbow, each with a distinctive style and personality, and the product of various nationalities and scholarly traditions. The juxtaposition captures vividly the flavor of current scholarly debate, particularly since the majority of contributors are central figures in their area of scholarship. The volume represents an exhilarating compendium of cutting-edge perspectives on a range of themes. This tremendously valuable two-tome assembly of a stellar array of scholars and scholarship-its whole indeed greater than the sum of its parts-is a credit to its editor and publisher, displays the vibrancy of the field, and will well serve scholars and students in years to come." (New England Classical Journal, November 2008) "All that you ever needed to know about Greek and Roman historians and current academic study thereon." (Journal of Classics Teaching) "Major work on a major genre ... with no rival in English (or any other language) ... .An indispensable guide to the subject. Essential." (Choice) "Thorough, vigorous and up-to-date treatment of the subject, it should find a place on the shelves of scholars and students of antiquity alike." (Bryn Mawr Classical Review)

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"A Companion to Greek and Roman Historiography" reflects the new directions and interpretations that have arisen in the field of classical historiography in the past few decades. In a series of cutting-edge articles by authoritative scholars, these volumes communicate the results of recent research, and demonstrate the diversity of approaches towards the past in studies of the ancient world.This two-volume companion includes five sections. The first presents broad, diachronic treatments of important issues in the writing of history in antiquity. In the second section, the major genres and sub-genres of classical historiography are covered in individual articles. The third section presents readings of individual historians and works, while the fourth section looks at those genres - biography, epic and fiction - on the borders of historiography. The final part explores the transition into late Antiquity.

Table of contents

Notes on Contributors xii Preface xx Acknowledgments xxii Ancient Authors: Abbreviations xxiv Reference Works: Abbreviations xxxvii Introduction 1 John Marincola PART I Contexts 11 1 The Place of History in the Ancient World 13 Roberto Nicolai 2 The Origin of Greek Historiography 27 Catherine Darbo-Peschanski 3 History and Historia: Inquiry in the Greek Historians 39 Guido Schepens 4 Documents and the Greek Historians 56 P. J. Rhodes 5 The Prehistory of Roman Historiography 67 T. P. Wiseman 6 Myth and Historiography 76 Suzanne Said 7 The Construction of Meaning in the First Three Historians 89 Carolyn Dewald 8 Characterization in Ancient Historiography 102 L. V. Pitcher 9 Speeches in Classical Historiography 118 John Marincola 10 Readers and Reception: A Text Case 133 A. J. Woodman PART II Surveys 145 11 The Development of the War Monograph 147 Tim Rood 12 Continuous Histories (Hellenica) 159 Christopher Tuplin 13 Universal History from Ephorus to Diodorus 171 John Marincola 14 Local History and Atthidography 180 Phillip Harding 15 Western Greek Historiography 189 Riccardo Vattuone 16 Greek Historians of Persia 200 Dominique Lenfant 17 The Historians of Alexander the Great 210 Andrea Zambrini 18 Greek Historians of the Near East: Clio's "Other" Sons 221 John Dillery 19 The Jewish Appropriation of Hellenistic Historiography 231 Gregory E. Sterling 20 The Greek Historians of Rome 244 Christopher Pelling 21 The Early Roman Tradition 259 Hans Beck 22 Memoir and Autobiography in Republican Rome 266 Andrew M. Riggsby 23 Roman Historiography in the Late Republic 275 D. S. Levene 24 The Emperor and his Historians 290 John Matthews 25 The Epitomizing Tradition in Late Antiquity 305 Thomas M. Banchich PART III Readings 313 26 To Each His Own: Simonides and Herodotus on Thermopylae 315 Pietro Vannicelli 27 Rhampsinitos and the Clever Thief (Herodotus 2.121) 322 Stephanie West 28 The Enigma of Discourse: A View of Thucydides 328 Leone Porciani 29 Contest (Ago ¯n) in Thucydides 336 Donald Lateiner 30 Narrative Manner and Xenophon's More Routine Hellenica 342 Vivienne Gray 31 Fortune (tych¯e) in Polybius 349 Frank W. Walbank 32 Polybius and Aetolia: A Historiographical Approach 356 Craige B. Champion 33 Diodorus Siculus on the Third Sacred War 363 Peter Green 34 Caesar's Account of the Battle of Massilia (BC 1.34--2.22): Some Historiographical and Narratological Approaches 371 Christina Shuttleworth Kraus 35 The Politics of Sallustian Style 379 Ellen O'Gorman 36 The Translation of Catiline 385 Andrew Feldherr 37 Claudius Quadrigarius and Livy's Second Pentad 391 Gary Forsythe 38 Fog on the Mountain: Philip and Mt. Haemus in Livy 40.21--22 397 Mary Jaeger 39 Clothing Cincinnatus: Dionysius of Halicarnassus 404 Clemence Schultze 40 The Imperial Republic of Velleius Paterculus 411 Alain M. Gowing 41 Josephus and the Cannibalism of Mary (BJ 6.199--219) 419 Honora Howell Chapman 42 Quintus Curtius Rufus on the "Good King": The Dioxippus Episode in Book 9.7.16--26 427 E. J. Baynham 43 Tacitus and the Battle of Mons Graupius: A Historiographical Route Map? 434 Rhiannon Ash 44 Feast Your Eyes on This: Vitellius as a Stock Tyrant (Tac. Hist. 3.36--39) 441 Elizabeth Keitel 45 Arrian, Alexander, and the Pursuit of Glory 447 A. B. Bosworth 46 Toward a Literary Evaluation of Appian's Civil Wars, Book 1 454 Gregory S. Bucher 47 Cassius Dio: A Senator and Historian in the Age of Anxiety 461 Martin Hose 48 Ammianus' Roman Digressions and the Audience of the Res Gestae 468 David Rohrbacher 49 "To Forge Their Tongues to Grander Styles": Ammianus' Epilogue 474 Gavin Kelly PART IV Neighbors 481 50 Epic and Historiography at Rome 483 Matthew Leigh 51 Ethnography and History 493 Emma Dench 52 Tragedy and History 504 Richard Rutherford 53 Antiquarianism and History 515 Benedetto Bravo 54 Biography and History 528 Philip Stadter 55 Geography and History 541 Johannes Engels 56 Fiction and History: Historiography and the Novel 553 J. R. Morgan PART V Transition 565 57 Late Antique Historiography, 250--650 CE 567 Brian Croke Bibliography 582 Index Locorum 642 General Index 677