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Author Pelling, C. B. R., author

Title Herodotus and the question why / Christopher Pelling
Edition First edition
Published Austin : University of Texas Press, 2019


Description 1 online resource
Series Fordyce W. Mitchel Memorial Lecture Series
Fordyce W. Mitchel Memorial Lecture Series
Contents Why did it all happen? -- To blame and to explain: narrative complications -- How can you possibly know? -- Adventures in prose -- Hippocratic affinities -- Explanations in combination -- Early moves -- Empire -- Herodotus' Persian stories -- The human and the divine -- Explaining victory -- Freedom -- Democracy -- Individuals and collectives -- Then and now : Herodotus' own day -- Why indeed?
Summary "In the 5th century BCE, Herodotus wrote the first known Western history to build on the tradition of Homeric storytelling, basing his text on empirical observations and arranging them systematically. Herodotus and the Question Why offers a comprehensive examination of the methods behind the Histories and the challenge of documenting human experiences, from the Persian Wars to cultural traditions. In lively, accessible prose, Christopher Pelling explores such elements as reconstructing the mentalities of storyteller and audience alike; distinctions between the human and the divine; and the evolving concepts of freedom, democracy, and individualism. Pelling traces the similarities between Herodotus's approach to physical phenomena (Why does the Nile flood?) and to landmark events (Why did Xerxes invade Greece? And why did the Greeks win?), delivering a fascinating look at the explanatory process itself. The cultural forces that shaped Herodotus's thinking left a lasting legacy for us, making Herodotus and the Question Why especially relevant as we try to record and narrate the stories of our time and to fully understand them."--EBSCO
Notes Online resource; title from PDF title page (EBSCO, viewed April 19, 2019)
Subject Herodotus -- Criticism and interpretation
Herodotus ca. 485 v. Chr.-424 v. Chr.
Herodotus, v485-v425. Historiae.
History, Ancient -- Historiography
HISTORY -- Ancient -- Greece.
HISTORY / Ancient / Greece
History, Ancient -- Historiography
Historisches Ereignis
Greece -- Historiography
Genre/Form Electronic books
Criticism, interpretation, etc.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 9781477318331