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Title Interpreting Herodotus / edited by Thomas Harrison and Elizabeth Irwin
Edition First edition
Published Oxford, United Kingdom : Oxford University Press, 2018


Description 1 online resource (xviii, 425 pages)
Contents Introduction / Thomas Harrison, Elizabeth Irwin -- Making Logoi : Herodotus' Book 2 and Hecataeus of Miletus / John Dillery -- The lesson of Book 2 / Ewen Bowie -- Herodotus' Book 2 and the unity of the work / Reinhold Bichler -- Dogs that do not (always) bark : Herodotus on Persian Egypt / Christopher Tuplin -- Herodotus and the transformation of ancient Near Eastern motifs : Darius I, Oebares, and the Neighing Horse / Robert Rollinger -- Gifts for Cyrus : tribute for Darius / Kai Ruffing -- Surveying Greatness and Magnitude in Herodotus / Emily Greenwood -- Herodotus and his world / Joseph E. Skinner -- The dynamics of time : Herodotus' Histories and contemporary Athens before and after Fornara / Jonas Grethlein -- Herodotus' allusions to the Sparta of his day / Wolfgang Blösel -- Herodotus and democracy / P. J. Rhodes -- The end of the Histories and the end of the Atheno-Peloponnesian Wars / Elizabeth Irwin -- The moral of history / Thomas Harrison
Summary Charles W. Fornara's Herodotus. An Interpretative Essay (1971) was a landmark publication in the study of Herodotus. It is well known in particular for its main thesis that the Histories should be read against the background of the Atheno-Peloponnesian Wars during which Herodotus wrote. However, it also includes penetrating discussion of other issues: the relative unity of Herodotus' work; the relationship between Herodotus' ethnographies and his historical narrative; and the themes and motifs that criss-cross the Histories, how 'history became moral and Herodotus didactic'. Interpreting Herodotus brings together a team of leading Herodotean scholars to look afresh at the themes of Fornara's Essay, in the light of the explosion of scholarship on the Histories in the intervening years. What does it mean to talk of the unity of the Histories, or Herodotus' 'moral' purpose? How can we reconstruct the context in which the Histories were written and published? And in what sense might the Histories constitute a 'warning' for his own, or for subsequent, generations?
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and indexes
Notes Online resource; title from PDF title page (EBSCO, viewed March 20, 2018)
Subject Herodotus.
Fornara, Charles W. Herodotus
Historiography -- Greece
HISTORY -- Ancient -- Greece.
Form Electronic book
Author Harrison, Thomas, 1969- author, editor.
Irwin, Elizabeth (Elizabeth K.), author, editor.
ISBN 9780192525529