Herodotus: Volume 1: Herodotus and the Narrative of the Past
Herodotus' Histories is a fascinating account of the interactions between the Greeks and their powerful Near-Eastern neighbours. In it he explores the long-term causes for the Persian invasions of Greece in the early fifth century BCE, a momentous event both for the development of Greek civilization and for the beginnings of historiography, and traces the rise of the Persians as rulers of a large multi-ethnic empire whose lands and cultures are vividly described. This first surviving history is a tapestry of brilliant and entertaining narratives, but it also addresses profoundly serious concerns, such as the advantages and failings of different forms of government, the role of religion and morality in public life, and encounters with different cultures. This collection - the first of two volumes - is dedicated to the historical component of the Histories and includes important previously published essays, some translated into English for the first time, which discuss Herodotus' historical method, sources, narrative art, literary antecedents, intellectual background, and political ideology. The introduction contains an account of Herodotus' life and times, as well as a survey of recent scholarship designed as a guide for contextualizing the selected articles according to the range of approaches they represent.
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ANTECEDENTS SOURCES CREDIBILITY AND HISTORIĒ
HERODOTUS AND ORAL TRADITION
CAUSATION PATTERNING AND THE MEANING OF HISTORY
THE USES OF HISTORY
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Adrastus aitié Alcmaeonids ancient Apollo Aristagoras Artabanus Artayktes Asia Astyages Athenian Athens audience Cambyses campaign causation Chapter Cleisthenes conﬁrm conﬂict connection conquest contemporary Corinthians Croesus Croesus’s Cyrus Darius Darius’s Delos Delphi Dionysius discussion divine Egypt empire episode Euenos example expansionism expedition fact Fehling FGrH ﬁgure ﬁnal ﬁnd ﬁrst folktale Fornara Greece Greek Gyges Hekataios Hellanikos Hellespont Herod Herodotean Herodotus Herodotus’s Hippias historian Histories historiography Homeric Iacoby identiﬁed Immerwahr 1966 important inﬂuence inquiry interpretation Ionian Revolt king king’s kingly Lateiner logoi logos Mardonius motif motive narrative narratology narrator oracles oral traditions otus passage Pausanias Peloponnesian Pericles Persian Wars Pohlenz political Polycrates proem prolepsis Protesilaos references reﬂect role Samians Samos Sardis scholars Scythians Sestos signiﬁcant sources Spartan speciﬁc speech story suggests theme Themistocles Thuc Thucydides Thurii Trojan tyrant Vansina vengeance Xerxes