Herodot (5.Jh. v. Chr.) gilt als der Schöpfer des ersten zusammenhängenden Geschichtswerkes. In den neun Büchern seiner „Historien“ zeichnet Herodot nicht nur ein umfassendes Bild der Völker der Oikumene und ihrer Nachbargebiete, sondern schildert auch die Geschichte und das Scheitern der ‘großen’ Eroberer, beispielsweise Kroisos, Dareios oder Xerxes. Als Hintergrund dieser Betrachtungen dienen Herodot die Geschehnisse der Perserkriege. Der vorliegende Band bietet im ersten Teil einen ausführlichen Einblick in den Aufbau von Herodots Werk. Seine 'historisch-politische Erdkunde' wird dabei ebenso betrachtet wie die Schilderungen der einzelnen Völker und Herodots Umgang mit dem Gegensatz von 'Wildheit und Zivilisation'. Im zweiten Teil wird die Überlieferungs- und Forschungsgeschichte zu Herodots Werk von der Antike bis ins 20. Jahrhundert dargestellt. Eine ausführliche Bibliographie und ein Register runden das Werk ab. Herodotus (5th century B.C.) is considered to be the first author of a cohesive historical narrative. In the nine books of his Histories he not only draws a comprehensive picture of the peoples of the Oikumene and neighbouring lands but also depicts the history and fall of the “great” conquerors such as Croesus, Darius and Xerxes. The Persian Wars formed the context for Herodotus’s description of these events. The first part of this volume gives a comprehensive insight into the structure of Herodotus’s work. His “historical and political geography” is examined alongside his depictions of different peoples and his treatment of the contrast between “barbarity and civilisation”. The second part describes the history of the transmission and study of Herodotus from classical times to the 20th century. An extensive bibliography and an index complete the work.
4. Auflage 2014 (Nachdruck der dritten, verbesserten und erweiterten Aufl. 2011)
Author: Reinhold Bichler,Robert Rollinger
Publisher: Georg Olms Verlag
An exciting series that provides students with direct access to the ancient world by offering new translations of extracts from its key texts. Herodotus, writing in the second half of the 5th century BC, is the first historian of western civilisation. His narrative tells of the expansion of the Persian Empire in the 6th and 5th centuries BC and the wars between Greece and Persia in 490 and 480 BC. Some of the most famous battles of history, Marathon, Thermopylae and Salamis, are dramatically described in his work. His purpose is to explain why the wars happened and his sophisticated and complex answer encompasses the relation of gods to men, the nature of different peoples and the character of individuals.
Author: John Claughton
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Category: Juvenile Nonfiction
The series MythosEikonPoiesis begins with the publication of contributions to an international conference held at Castelen-Augst near Basle. The conference laid new foundations in examining the interdependence of myth, ritual and Greek literature in many different genres (Homeric epic, lyric poetry, Presocratic and Platonic philosophy, tragedy, comedy, satyr plays, historiography, Hellenistic poetry, and the novel) with regard to their textual structure and poetics. Working in interdisciplinary cooperation, some participants also direct their attention towards Egypt, the Near East, Rome, and to the reception of these poetological principles in modern literature.
Wege zu einer mythisch-rituellen Poetik bei den Griechen
Author: Anton Bierl,Rebecca Lämmle,Katharina Wesselmann
Publisher: Walter de Gruyter
This two-volume Companion to Greek and Roman Historiography reflects the new directions and interpretations that have arisen in the field of ancient historiography in the past few decades. Comprises a series of cutting edge articles written by recognised scholars Presents broad, chronological treatments of important issues in the writing of history and antiquity These are complemented by chapters on individual genres and sub-genres from the fifth century B.C.E. to the fourth century C.E. Provides a series of interpretative readings on the individual historians Contains essays on the neighbouring genres of tragedy, biography, and epic, among others, and their relationship to history
Author: John Marincola
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
Category: Literary Criticism
First volume of a systematic and up-to-date account of warfare from Archaic Greece to Republican Rome.
Author: Philip Sabin,Hans van Wees,Michael Whitby
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Greeks and Barbarians examines ancient Greek conceptions of the "other." The attitudes of Greeks to foreigners and there religions, and cultures, and politics reveals as much about the Greeks as it does the world they inhabited. Despite occasional interest in particular aspects of foreign customs, the Greeks were largely hostile and dismissive viewing foreigners as at best inferior, but more often as candidates for conquest and enslavement.
Author: Thomas Harrison
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
A body of theory has developed about the role and function of memory in creating and maintaining cultural identity. Yet there has been no consideration of the rich Mediterranean and Near Eastern traditions of laments for fallen cities in commemorating or resolving communal trauma. This volume offers new insights into the trope of the fallen city in folk-song and a variety of literary genres. These commemorations reveal memories modified by diverse agendas, and contains narrative structures and motifs that show the meaning of memory-making about fallen cities. Opening a new avenue of research into the Mediterranean genre of city lament, this book examines references to, or re-workings of, otherwise lost texts or ways of commemorating fallen cities in the extant texts, and with greater emphasis than usual on the point of view of the victors.
Commemoration in Literature, Folk-Song, and Liturgy
Author: Mary R. Bachvarova,Dorota Dutsch,Ann Suter
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
The connections between religion and violence are complex and multifaceted. From the conflicts in Middle East and the Balkans to those in Southeast Asia and beyond, religion frames and legitimates political violence. Moreover, in international relations since 9/11, religious language and metaphors have acquired a new significance. In this context the emerging consensus appears to be not only that violence is intrinsic to religion, but also that religions incite, legitimate, and intensify political violence. However, such an unambiguous indictment of religions is incomplete in that it fails both to appreciate significant counter examples and to recognize the diversity that exists within religions on the issue of violence, particularly the religious roots of pacifism and the ethics of non-violence. This collection explores aspects of this ambivalence between religion and violence. It focuses on traditions of legitimation and pacifism within the three monotheistic religions: Judaism, Christianity and Islam, and concludes with an examination of this ambivalence as it unfolds in each tradition's engagement with the politics of gender.
Author: Linda Hogan,Dylan Lehrke
Publisher: Wipf and Stock Publishers
This book lends new insight into the origins of civic honorific portraits that emerged at the end of the fifth century BC in ancient Greece.
Author: Catherine M. Keesling
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Brill's Companion to the Reception of Herodotus in Antiquity and Beyond examines the reception and cultural transmission of Herodotus' Histories, one of the most controversial and influential texts to have survived from Classical Antiquity, from ancient up to modern times.
Category: Literary Criticism
Author: Ammianus (Marcellinus)
Although there is constant conflict over its meanings and limits, political freedom itself is considered a fundamental and universal value throughout the modern world. For most of human history, however, this was not the case. In this book, Kurt Raaflaub asks the essential question: when, why, and under what circumstances did the concept of freedom originate? To find out, Raaflaub analyses ancient Greek texts from Homer to Thucydides in their social and political contexts. Archaic Greece, he concludes, had little use for the idea of political freedom; the concept arose instead during the great confrontation between Greeks and Persians in the early fifth century BCE. Raaflaub then examines the relationship of freedom with other concepts, such as equality, citizenship, and law, and pursues subsequent uses of the idea—often, paradoxically, as a tool of domination, propaganda, and ideology. Raaflaub's book thus illuminates both the history of ancient Greek society and the evolution of one of humankind's most important values, and will be of great interest to anyone who wants to understand the conceptual fabric that still shapes our world views.
Revised and Updated Edition
Author: Kurt Raaflaub,Raaflaub, Kurt A. Raaflaub
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
This book consists of 22 papers originally presented during the conference on ancient historical writing held in May 2007 in WrocÅaw, Poland. The authors are classical historians and philologists from academic institutions in Austria, Finland, France, Germany, Israel, Poland, the United Kingdom and the United States. The collection responds to a growing interest among classical scholars in historiography and such related genres as ethnography and biography. The focus of the volume is, on the one hand, on the ancient historians' methods of approaching the external world, especially a non-Greek (or non-Roman) world, and, on the other, on the political dimension of historical writing, especially of Roman imperial historiography. There are also papers devoted to pointing and defining links between historiography and other literary genres such as epic or novel. Much attention is given to classical Greek historiography (Herodotus, Thucydides, Xenophon), but other authors and periods are also discussed. The book is addressed to classical scholars, historians of historiography and anyone interested in ancient world. With a view to a non-specialist reader, all Greek and most Latin quotations are translated.
Greek and Roman Historiography and Related Genres
Author: Jakub Pigoń
Publisher: Cambridge Scholars Publishing
Author: Kentron Hellēnikēs kai Rōmaikēs Archaiotētos,Institut po trakologii︠a︡ (Bŭlgarska akademii︠a︡ na naukite)
Category: Classical philology
Author: William Frank Fischer,Anthony Barton,Charles Maes
Category: Phenomenological psychology
"The very ubiquity of race and racial discussions encourages the general public to accept the power it exerts as natural and to allow the process by which it has assumed such authority to remain unquestioned. In this study, Denise McCoskey explains the position of race today by unveiling its relation to structures of thought and practice in classical antiquity. This study thus attempts both to account for the role of race in the classical world and also to trace the intricate ways Greek and Roman racial ideologies continue to resonate in modern life. McCoskey uncovers the assorted frameworks that organized and classified human diversity more fundamentally in antiquity. Along the way, she highlights the noteworthy intersections of race with other important social structures, such as gender and class. Underlining the role of race in shaping the ancient world, she ultimately turns to the influence of ancient racial formation on the modern world as well, an influence mediated by the receptions and appropriations of classical antiquity, borrowings that serve to shore up modernity and its continuing, albeit complex, juxtapositions of past and present. In this deft study, McCoskey provides a touchstone for thinking more critically about race's many sites of operation in both ancient and modern eras."--Publisher's description.
Antiquity and Its Legacy
Author: Denise Eileen McCoskey
Category: Social Science
Since its publication in 1990, Athenaze: An Introduction to Ancient Greek has helped tens of thousands of students learn classical Greek. Building on the bestselling tradition of previous editions, the long-awaited third edition combines the best features of traditional and modern teachingmethods. It provides a unique course of instruction that allows students to read connected Greek narrative right from the beginning and guides them to the point where they can begin reading complete classical texts. James Morwood, editor of the Oxford Grammar of Classical Greek and the Pocket OxfordClassical Greek Dictionary, brings his expertise and years of teaching experience to this revision.Carefully designed to hold students' interest, the course begins in Book I with a fictional narrative about an Attic farmer's family placed in a precise historical context (432-431 B.C.). This narrative, interwoven with tales from mythology and the Persian Wars, gradually gives way in Book II toadapted passages from Thucydides, Plato, and Herodotus and ultimately to excerpts of the original Greek of Bacchylides, Thucydides, and Aristophanes' Acharnians. Essays on relevant aspects of ancient Greek culture and history are also woven throughout.
An Introduction to Ancient Greek
Author: Maurice Balme,Gilbert Lawall,James Morwood
Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
Category: Greek language
History, political philosophy, and constitutional law were born in Athens in the space of a single generation--the generation that lived through the Peloponnesian War (431-404 b.c.e.). This remarkable age produced such luminaries as Socrates, Herodotus, Thucydides, Sophocles, Euripides, Aristophanes, and the sophists, and set the stage for the education and early careers of Plato and Xenophon, among others. The School of History provides the fullest and most detailed intellectual and political history available of Athens during the late fifth century b.c.e., as it examines the background, the context, and the decisive events shaping this society in the throes of war. This expansive, readable narrative ultimately leads to a new understanding of Athenian democratic culture, showing why and how it yielded such extraordinary intellectual productivity. As both a source and a subject, Thucydides' history of the Peloponnesian War is the central text around which the narrative and thematic issues of the book revolve. Munn re-evaluates the formation of the Greek historiographical tradition itself as he identifies the conditions that prompted Thucydides to write--specifically the historian's desire to guide the Athenian democracy as it struggled to comprehend its future. The School of History fully encompasses recent scholarship in history, literature, and archaeology. Munn's impressive mastery of the huge number of sources and publications informs his substantial contributions to our understanding of this democracy transformed by war. Immersing us fully in the intellectual foment of Athenian society, The School of History traces the history of Athens at the peak of its influence, both as a political and military power in its own time and as a source of intellectual inspiration for the centuries to come. A Main Selection of the History Book Club
Athens in the Age of Socrates
Author: Mark H. Munn
Publisher: Univ of California Press