The Historian's Craft in the Age of Herodotus

The Historian's Craft in the Age of Herodotus


Edited by Nino Luraghi


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  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • Format: Paperback | 352 pages
  • Dimensions: 138mm x 212mm x 22mm | 440g
  • Publication date: 9 April 2007
  • Publication City/Country: Oxford
  • ISBN 10: 0199215111
  • ISBN 13: 9780199215119
  • Edition statement: Revised ed.
  • Illustrations note: black & white illustrations
  • Sales rank: 1,047,400

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The origins and development of Greek historiography cannot be properly understood unless early historical writings are situated in the framework of late archaic and early classical Greek culture and society. Contextualization opens up new perspectives on the subject in The Historian's Craft in the Age of Herodotus. At the same time, such writings offer significant insights into how works of Herodotus reflect the attitude of fifth-century Greeks towards the transmission and manipulation of knowledge about the past. Essays by an international range of experts explore all aspects of the topic and, at the same time, make a thought-provoking contribution to the ongoing debates concerning literacy and oral culture.

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Author information

Nino Luraghi is Assistant Professor in the Department of Classics at Harvard University.

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Review from previous edition Everyone who works on early Greek poetics, history and culture will find much of interest in this rich volume ... provocative and exciting book ... The contributors and in particular Professors Luraghi and Murray have given us an enormous amount to think about. Bryn Mawr Classical Review

Table of contents

1. Introduction ; 2. Herodotus and Oral History ; 3. Ancestors of Historiography in Early Greek Elegiac and Iambic Poetry? ; 4. Hecataus: from Genealogy to Historiography ; 5. Early Historie and Literacy ; 6. Constructing the Past: Colonial Traditions and the Writing of History. The Case of Cyrene ; 7. Local Knowledge in Herodotus' Histories ; 8. Kissing Cousins: Some Curious Cases of Adjacent Material in Herodotus ; 9. The Herodotean Picture of Themistocles: A Mirror of Fifth-century Athens ; 10. Herodotus' Histories and the Floating Gap ; 11. Herodotus' Egypt and the Foundations of Universal History ; 12. The Beginnings of Chronography: Hellanicus' Hiereiai ; 13. Thucydides' Archaeology: Between Epic and Oral Traditions ; 14. Myth, History, and Collective Identity; Uses of the Past in Ancient Greece and Beyond ; 15. Herodotus and Oral History Reconsidered