Roman Historiography

Roman Historiography : An Introduction to Its Basic Aspects and Development

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Roman Historiography: An Introduction to its Basic Aspects and Development presents a comprehensive introduction to the development of Roman historical writings in both Greek and Latin, from the early annalists to Orosius and Procopius of Byzantium. * Provides an accessible survey of every historical writer of significance in the Roman world * Traces the growth of Christian historiography under the influence of its pagan adversaries * Offers valuable insight into current scholarly trends on Roman historiography * Includes a user-friendly bibliography, catalog of authors and editions, and index * Selected by Choice as a 2013 Outstanding Academic Title

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  • Hardback | 300 pages
  • 160 x 230 x 26mm | 580.6g
  • John Wiley and Sons Ltd
  • Wiley-Blackwell (an imprint of John Wiley & Sons Ltd)
  • Chicester, United Kingdom
  • English
  • New.
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1405121831
  • 9781405121835
  • 1,159,189

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"The book can be used either as a whole or as a reference for individual authors and ages and is well worth owning and studying." (New England Classical Journal, 1 May 2015) Named CHOICE Outstanding Title for 2012 "Appropriate for advanced undergraduate students, this work provides a foundation for further study of classical historical writing. (Annotation (c)2011 Book News Inc. Portland, OR)." (Book News, 1 August 2011)

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"Roman Historiography: An Introduction to its Basic Aspects and Development" presents a comprehensive introduction to the development of Roman historical writings in the ancient world. Andreas Mehl traces the arc of ancient historical writing about Rome from its origins with the authors of clan history and fragmentary annalists to the writings of Byzantine scholar Procopius, the last major historian of the ancient world. Rooting his survey in the context of its Greek predecessors, and within the broader framework of Roman literature and society, Mehl discusses every historical writer of significance in the ancient Roman era and provides much more than simple biographical detail. Also considered are essential themes such as genre, teleology, the idea of Rome, and exemplary moral conduct. By paying scrupulous attention to political context and religious developments throughout the ancient world, Mehl reveals the evolution and interpenetration of both pagan and Christian historiography. This title offers a wealth of illuminating insights into the origins and development of the crucial historical writings of the living witnesses to the greatest empire the world has ever known.

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About Andreas Mehl

Andreas Mehl is Professor of Ancient History at the Martin Luther University at Halle and Wittenberg. He is the author of Seleukos Nikator und sein Reich (1986); Tacitus uber Kaiser Claudius: Die Ereignisse Am Hof (1974); and Romische Geschichtsschreibung: Grundlagen und Entwicklungen: eine Einfuhrung (Stuttgart, 2001). Hans-Friedrich Mueller is the William D. Williams Professor of Classics at Union College in Schenectady, New York. He is the author of Roman Religion in Valerius Maximus (2002) and the editor of an abridgment of Edward Gibbon's Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire (2003).

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