By John Marincola
This two-volume significant other to Greek and Roman Historiography displays the recent instructions and interpretations that experience arisen within the box of old historiography long ago few decades.
- Comprises a chain of leading edge articles written by way of acknowledged scholars
- Presents large, chronological remedies of vital matters within the writing of background and antiquity
- These are complemented by way of chapters on person genres and sub-genres from the 5th century B.C.E. to the fourth century C.E.
- Provides a sequence of interpretative readings at the person historians
- Contains essays at the neighbouring genres of tragedy, biography, and epic, between others, and their dating to history
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Instead, I supply here a brief background to some of the issues that will arise in the contributions that follow. 1 Approaching Classical Historiography The historical writing of the Greeks and Romans covers some 800 years, from Herodotus’ Histories written in the mid- to late fifth century BCE to the Res Gestae of Ammianus Marcellinus who composed his history in the late fourth century CE . Within these two boundaries, thousands of men (and a few women) sought to create some record of the past, either of their own or earlier times, in a variety of formats.
Epic, therefore, is a product of the memory of a people, and at the same time an encyclopedia and cultural book of that people (Rossi 1978, esp. 87–92). Historiography, heir of epic poetry, will retain this goal of preserving memory (cf. 4). The paradigmatic and educative aim on the one hand removes ancient historiography from its modern counterpart with its claim to be a science, while on the other hand links history to other genres that had among their goals the construction of a collective identity and the telling of paradigmatic events: I am referring particularly to tragedy, but also to oratory, both epideictic, as it can be seen in the funeral oration (see, above all, Loraux 1981), and deliberative.
First, writers in antiquity often quoted from memory and although they may get the general gist of a passage or remark correct, they can often be vague or confused about details, or can misremember the context of certain remarks. Second, the quoting author will often weave his citation of a lost historian into his own account in such a way that it is nearly impossible to separate the ‘‘fragment’’ from its new context in the author who cites it – not to mention that the quoting author may use the citation in an interpretation that was not the lost author’s own.