Herodotus in Context by Rosalind Thomas
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Herodotus in Context
By Rosalind Thomas

Herodotus in Context

Ethnography, Science and the Art of Persuasion

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Herodotus in Context by Rosalind Thomas

Book Awards

  • Runner-up for Runciman Award 2001.

Book Description

Herodotus 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 Details

ISBN: 9780521662598
ISBN-10: 0521662591
Format: Hardback
(228mm x 152mm x 22mm)
Pages: 332
Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publish Date: 17-Aug-2000
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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An examination of Herodotus' Histories in the context of the intellectual developments of his time.

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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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