Roman Historiography : An Introduction to its Basic Aspects and Development
- Paperback | 300 pages
- 152 x 228 x 18mm | 399.99g
- 28 Jan 2014
- John Wiley & Sons Inc
- New York, United States
- 1. Auflage
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Kurt A. Raaflaub, Brown University
"This is a thought-provoking journey through the writingof history in Roman antiquity. Andreas Mehl masterfully unravelsthe fabric of historical traditions from the Annales toZosimus."
Hans Beck, McGill University
Named CHOICE Outstanding Title for 2012
"Appropriate for advanced undergraduate students, this workprovides a foundation for further study of classical historicalwriting." (Book News, Inc., 1 August 2011)
Roman Historiography: An Introduction to its Basic Aspectsand Development presents a comprehensive introduction to thedevelopment of Roman historical writings in the ancient world.Andreas Mehl traces the arc of ancient historical writing aboutRome from its origins with the authors of clan history andfragmentary annalists to the writings of Byzantine scholarProcopius, the last major historian of the ancient world.
Rooting his survey in the context of its Greek predecessors, andwithin the broader framework of Roman literature and society, Mehldiscusses every historical writer of significance in the ancientRoman era and provides much more than simple biographical detail.Also considered are essential themes such as genre, teleology, theidea of Rome, and exemplary moral conduct. By paying scrupulousattention to political context and religious developmentsthroughout the ancient world, Mehl reveals the evolution andinterpenetration of both pagan and Christian historiography.
This title offers a wealth of illuminating insights into theorigins and development of the crucial historical writings of theliving witnesses to the greatest empire the world has everknown.
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"Appropriate for advanced undergraduate students, this work provides a foundation for further study of classical historical writing." (Book News, Inc., 1 August 2011)
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