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The Cambridge companion to Herodotus.


The Cambridge companion to Herodotus.

Ed. by Carolyn Dewald and John Marincola.

Cambridge U. Pr.


378 pages




The Histories describe the world from its beginnings as a concept rather than merely a physical entity up to that war to end all wars, the Persian of the early fifth century BCE. This collection of essays reinforces current knowledge that Herodotus was in fact a serious historical researcher in a time when the Greeks were still inventing themselves, relying on ever-shifting traditions and oral histories founded more on identity politics than fact. The 20 essays cover such topics as the relationship between Herodotus and the historical and poetic past, the impact of tragedy, the intellectual environment, method and genre, syntax, speech and narrative, storytelling, humor and danger, location and dislocation, the natural world, religion, warfare, political history and political thought, cites of mainland Greece, the specters of foreign lands, and Herodotus' influence in antiquity. The editors include an index of passages.

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