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Author Kingsley, K. Scarlett, 1984- author.

Title Herodotus and the Presocratics inquiry and intellectual culture in the fifth century BCE / K. Scarlett Kingsley
Published Cambridge : Cambridge University Press, 2024


Description 1 online resource
Contents Cover -- Half-title -- Title page -- Imprints page -- Dedication -- Contents -- Acknowledgments -- Note on Texts and Translations -- List of Abbreviations -- Chapter 1 Introduction: Transtextual Histories: History, Philosophy, and Intellectual Culture -- A Splendid Isolation? Historie, History, and Philosophy -- Conclusion: Clio, Love of Wisdom -- Chapter 2 Relativism, King of All -- The Nomological Marketplace: Nomos and Relativism in the Histories -- One-Man Rule and Decoupling Nomos from Dike -- The Project of Empire and Justice -- Nomos and Imperialism -- Conclusion
Chapter 3 The Pull of Tradition: Egoism and Persian Revolution -- Fomenting Revolution in Persia: Darius and Egoism -- Intellectual Culture and the Profit Motive -- Egoism and Political Participation -- Reading the Histories in the Cyropaedia: Xenophon and the Persian Profit Motive -- Conclusion -- Chapter 4 History peri physeos -- Early Greek physis -- Herodotus' peri physeos -- Conclusion -- Chapter 5 Physis on the Battlefield -- Surpassing physis -- Physis and the Stronger -- Conclusion -- Chapter 6 Historical Inquiry and Presocratic Epistemology -- The Obstacles to Truth
Problematizing Truth Claims in the Histories -- The Obligation to Truth and What-Is -- The Limits of Human Understanding -- Conclusion -- Chapter 7 Herodotean Philosophy -- Reading Relativism in the Histories: Allusion and the Dissoi Logoi -- The Histories and Intellectual Culture -- Appendix 1 Tolerance or Relativism? -- Appendix 2 ''Strong'' and ''Weak'' Relativism -- Appendix 3 Knowledge and the Herodotean Narrator -- References -- General Index -- Index Locorum
Summary Explores Herodotus' Histories in dialogue with contemporary philosophical debates. Combining close readings, reader reception, and genre studies, it expands our understanding of Herodotus' context and restores the Histories' place in Presocratic thought. In addition, the book elucidates philosophy's subsequent engagement with Herodotus' Histories
Subject Herodotus -- Criticism and interpretation
History -- Philosophy.
Pre-Socratic philosophers.
Philosophy, Ancient.
Form Electronic book
LC no. 2023036431
ISBN 1009338528