A Companion to Greek and Roman Historiography

A Companion to Greek and Roman Historiography


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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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  • Paperback | 752 pages
  • 164 x 246 x 40mm | 1,301.8g
  • John Wiley and Sons Ltd
  • Wiley-Blackwell (an imprint of John Wiley & Sons Ltd)
  • Chicester, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Reprint
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1444339230
  • 9781444339239
  • 482,163

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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.

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