Herodotus in Context
Ethnography, Science and the Art of Persuasion
By (author) Rosalind Thomas
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Herodotus in Context by Rosalind Thomas
Book DescriptionHerodotus called his work an enquiry and wrote before 'history' was a separate discipline. Coming from Halicarnassus, at the crossroads between the Persian and Athenian spheres of influence, he combined the culture of Athens with that of the more pluralistic and less ethnocentric cities of east Greece. Alive to the implications of this cultural background for Herodotus' thought, this study explores the much neglected contemporary connotations and context of the Histories, looking at them as part of the intellectual climate of his time. Concentrating on Herodotus' ethnography, geography and accounts of natural wonders, and examining his methods of argument and persuasion, it sees the Histories, which appear virtually without antecedents, as a product of the late fifth-century world of the natural scientists, medical writers and sophists - a world of controversy and debate.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780521012416
(228mm x 152mm x 19mm)
Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publish Date: 11-Jul-2002
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Rosalind Thomas
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Herodotus in Context, Hardback (August 2000)
An examination of Herodotus' Histories in the context of the intellectual developments of his time.
Histories, Hardback (March 1997)
Traditionally known as the Father of History, the Greek writer Herodotus(c 484-420 BC), was the first man to tell a story in prose on the scale of the ILIAD and the ODYSSEY. This book deals with his work.
Literacy and Orality in Ancient Greece, Paperback (September 1992)» View all books by Rosalind Thomas
Explores the role of written and oral communication in Greece.
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Author Biography - Rosalind Thomas
Rosalind Thomas is Reader in Ancient History at Royal Holloway, University of London. She is the author of Oral Tradition and Written Record in Classical Athens (1989 HB 0521350255; 1991 PB 0521425182) and Literacy and Orality in Ancient Greece (1992/HB 0521373468; PB 0521377420).
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