New PDF release: A Companion to Ancient History (Blackwell Companions to the

By Andrew Erskine

ISBN-10: 1405131500

ISBN-13: 9781405131506

This Companion presents a finished advent to key subject matters within the learn of historical history.

* Examines the types of proof, difficulties, ways, and significant issues within the examine of historic background
* includes greater than forty essays, written via best overseas students
* strikes past the first specialise in Greece and Rome with insurance of a few of the cultures in the historic Mediterranean
* attracts at the most modern examine within the box
* presents a vital source for any pupil of historical historical past

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Most of these characteristics can be found already in Homer’s Iliad, which indirectly, through Herodotus and Thucydides, became the model for much of ancient historiography, both Greek and Roman (Strasburger 1972). After the fifth century BC, no era of antiquity lacked historians. Contemporary history, inaugurated by Thucydides, seems to have been preferred by the ancients (D. H. Ant. Rom. 1; Livy praef. 4) and its practitioners included Xenophon, Polybius, Sallust (in the Catiline and Histories), Tacitus (in the Histories) and A Companion to Ancient History Edited by Andrew Erskine © 2009 Blackwell Publishing Ltd.

We are not close to any definitive answers on these topics, and scholars will continue to debate them. Rather than summarizing all of the issues at stake, therefore, I propose to look at one topic in particular – that of the ancient historians’ interest in and understanding of historical change. 16 John Marincola 3 Change and “Unhistorical Thinking” Perhaps the most serious claim brought against ancient historians is the charge of “unhistorical thinking,” which suggests an inability to imagine the past except as being very much like the present.

Potter 1999a: 137–38) and the great number of remarks made by historians and other ancient writers in which they seem quite concerned with finding out what really happened, rather than simply settling for a story that satisfied the demands of probability (Avenarius 1956: 76–79). e. using the techniques that their rhetorical training had given them. It is not difficult to see that this must have been the case very often when historians inserted speeches into their histories, simply because exact recollection was impossible (Walbank 1965); but was it also operative in the realm of deeds and of characters’ motivations and goals?

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