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Greek Historiography

Thomas F. Scanlon

ISBN: 978-1-119-08580-5 June 2015 Wiley-Blackwell 352 Pages



This volume provides an accessible, comprehensive, and up-to-date survey of the ancient Greek genre of historical writing from its origins before Herodotus to the Greek historians of the Roman imperial era, seven centuries later.
  • Focuses on the themes of power and human nature, causation, divine justice, leadership, civilization versus barbarism, legacy, and literary reception
  • Includes thorough summaries alongside textual analysis that signpost key passages and highlight thematic connections, helping readers navigate their way through the original texts
  • Situates historical writing among the forms of epic and lyric poetry, drama, philosophy, and science
  • Uses the best current translations and includes a detailed list of further reading that includes important new scholarship

Preface vi

Abbreviations ix

Chapter 1: Origins and Early Forms of Greek Historiography 1

Chapter 2: Herodotus and the Limits of Happiness: Beyond Epic, Lyric, and Logography 26

Chapter 3: Thucydides on the Ends of Power 69

Chapter 4: Xenophon on Leadership and Moral Authority 126

Chapter 5: History and Rhetoric in Fourth]Century Historians 160

Chapter 6: Diversity and Innovation in the Hellenistic Era 190

Chapter 7: Polybius on the Supremacy of a Balanced State 202

Chapter 8: Greek Historians in the Roman Era 237

Chapter 9: Concluding Observations on Greek Historical Writing 276

Further Reading 291

Index Locorum 300

Index 317

"...certainly merits to be considered as a textbook for notably undergraduate students of the subject. To its value adds the fact that it is well written, well produced, that it provides...a concise guide for further reading..., an elaborate "index locorum", and an efficient and comprehensive general index. In providing these assets, the book...offers an excellent value for its price." - Classical Journal