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    DescriptionHerodotus called his work an enquiry and wrote before 'history' was a separate discipline. Coming from Halicarnassus, at the crossroads between the Persian and Athenian spheres of influence, he combined the culture of Athens with that of the more pluralistic and less ethnocentric cities of east Greece. Alive to the implications of this cultural background for Herodotus' thought, this study explores the much neglected contemporary connotations and context of the Histories, looking at them as part of the intellectual climate of his time. Concentrating on Herodotus' ethnography, geography and accounts of natural wonders, and examining his methods of argument and persuasion, it sees the Histories, which appear virtually without antecedents, as a product of the late fifth-century world of the natural scientists, medical writers and sophists - a world of controversy and debate.


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    Title
    Herodotus in Context
    Subtitle
    Ethnography, Science and the Art of Persuasion
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Rosalind Thomas
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 332
    Width: 146 mm
    Height: 228 mm
    Thickness: 22 mm
    Weight: 499 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780521012416
    ISBN 10: 0521012414
    Classifications

    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T3.7
    B&T Book Type: NF
    BIC subject category V2: HBG
    BIC E4L: LIT
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    Libri: I-SE
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    Ingram Theme: CHRN/ANCIEN, CULT/GREECE
    B&T General Subject: 495
    BISAC V2.8: SCI000000
    B&T Merchandise Category: UP
    BISAC V2.8: HIS002010
    B&T Approval Code: A14202000
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    B&T Approval Code: A14150000
    BIC subject category V2: 1QDAG
    DC22: 938.007202
    DC21: 938.007202
    LC classification: D58 .T46 2000
    LC subject heading:
    Thema V1.0: DSBB, NHD, NHC
    Edition statement
    Revised ed.
    Illustrations note
    black & white illustrations
    Publisher
    CAMBRIDGE UNIVERSITY PRESS
    Imprint name
    CAMBRIDGE UNIVERSITY PRESS
    Publication date
    26 April 2006
    Publication City/Country
    Cambridge
    Author Information
    Rosalind Thomas is Reader in Ancient History at Royal Holloway, University of London. She is the author of Oral Tradition and Written Record in Classical Athens (1989 HB 0521350255; 1991 PB 0521425182) and Literacy and Orality in Ancient Greece (1992/HB 0521373468; PB 0521377420).
    Review quote
    "The "Father of History," Herodotus, has developed into a particularly active field of research in the past 25 years and hardly goes by without an important new study. This book by Thomas is one of the best." Choice "...this leads to a provacative, yet highly compelling, new perspective on the intellectual and cultural dynamics of this seminal era... Thomas has made a valuable contribution to our appreciation of Herodotus and his work, and to our understanding of the fertile, fluid, and contentious intellectual atmosphere in which he lived and to which he contributed." New England Classical Journal "The 'Father of History,' Herodotus, has developed into a particularly active field of research in the past 25 years and hardly a year goes by without an important new study. This book by Thomas is one of the best." --Choice
    Table of contents
    Acknowledgements; References and texts; 1. Introduction; 2. Medicine and the ethnography of health; 3. Dividing the world: Europe, Asia, Greeks and barbarians; 4. Nomos is king: nomos, environment and ethnic character in Herodotus; 5. 'Wonders' and the natural world: natural philosophy and historie; 6. Argument and the language of proof; 7. Polemic and persuasion; 8. Performance, competitive display and apodeixis; 9. Epilogue; Appendix. beavers and female ailments; Bibliography; Indexes.